Who We Are
Founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1971, Neighborhood Healthcare is an award-winning organization that is known for excelling at its mission. The mission has remained the same over the years: to provide quality health care and promote wellness to everyone in our communities, focusing on those most in need. As a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community health organization, we serve as a safety net for the community by providing 238,003 medical, dental and behavioral health visits to 67,222 people annually.
Neighborhood Healthcare began as an all-volunteer neighborhood clinic in Escondido and now has ten health centers located throughout San Diego and Riverside counties.
Neighborhood Healthcare has a quality leadership team with longevity in the organization. For over 25 years Chief Executive Officer, Tracy Ream, has spearheaded the expansion of the organization from a one-site health center with seven staff members, to a ten-site, two-county health system with almost 600 employees. A strong leadership team including the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James Schultz, support a committed staff of professionals dedicated to the mission of compassionate and quality care. The Board of Directors includes 13 members who have a strong commitment to Neighborhood Healthcare, and includes professionals and patients of Neighborhood Healthcare. The annual operating budget is over $40 million and significantly contributes to the economies of San Diego and Southwest Riverside counties.
Neighborhood Healthcare has consistently provided high quality care when compared to national standards. Services include medical care for all ages, prenatal care, family planning, dental and behavioral health services, health education, and pharmacy and lab services.
Behavioral health services are integrated with primary care by placing a behavioral health professional in the primary care setting, allowing for immediate behavioral health assessment and intervention for patients during their primary care visit. Our geriatricians provide specialized care for our older adult patients and provide medical directorships for two skilled nursing facilities in the north inland service area of San Diego County. In order to meet the changing health needs of the community, we have opened specialized health centers focusing on the needs of older adults, children and women.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
Who do we help?
Neighborhood Healthcare patients have many faces. They are all ages and they may be low-income; uninsured or underinsured; Latinos, Asians, Middle-Easterners or Africans; farm workers; homeless; mentally ill; or others with traditional barriers to care. Recent immigrants from Iran, Iraq and other war torn Middle Eastern countries are some of the fastest growing minority populations coming through our doors.
In El Cajon, the Iraqi population is now the largest concentration in the United States and continues to grow. There are survivors of torture and over 1,000 homeless persons living in our service area. Those who have lost their jobs due to the economic crisis are increasingly finding their way to our health centers, many of them for the first time.