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About

We Build Healthier, Happier Communities

We believe we’re Better Together. That’s why we provide quality care to all, regardless of situation or circumstance.

Who We Are

Community health is about more than just vaccines and checkups. It’s about giving people the resources they need to live their best lives. At Neighborhood, this is our vision. A community where everyone is healthy and happy. We’re with you every step of the way, with the care you need for each of life’s chapters. At Neighborhood, we are Better Together.

As a private, non-profit 501(C) (3) community health organization, we serve 271,000 medical, dental, and behavioral health visits from 67,000 people annually. We do this in pursuit of our mission:

To improve the health and happiness of the communities we serve by providing quality care to all, regardless of situation or circumstance.

Our Vision

A community where everyone is healthy and happy.

Our Values

We Are Compassionate

We view kindness and empathy as essential to the health of our community.

We Have Integrity

We cultivate trust by treating everyone with dignity and respect.

We Are Professional

We are health experts committed to delivering excellent patient experience.

We Are Collaborative

With patients, colleagues and partners, we work together as a team.

We Go Above & Beyond

When it comes to helping others, we are never satisfied with good enough.

Our History

For 50 years and counting, Neighborhood has gone above and beyond to provide quality health care to every member of our community. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years has in store.

Leadership

Leadership
Rakesh Patel, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BIO

CEO Rakesh Patel, M.D., has been with Neighborhood for more than 15 years. He started as a staff family physician in 2002 and was later promoted to Medical Director of Operations before assuming his current role as CEO in November 2017. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Patel has worked to successfully bridge the gaps between operational and clinical staff. He has been integral in improving care delivery and ensuring high clinical quality scores across the organization.

A visionary and inspiring leader, Dr. Patel is as passionate about community leadership as he is about patient care. He works every day to ensure the organization has the resources and culture it needs to provide exceptional healthcare in an environment of compassion and trust. A board-certified family physician and Certified Physician Executive, Dr. Patel received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Scripps Family Practice Residency in Chula Vista. He received his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. He is a CPCA board member and delegate to the CMA, and serves as the East County Region Director on the San Diego County Medical Society Board.

Leadership
Jeffrey Glenn
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER BIO

A senior health care executive with over 30 years’ experience in clinical laboratory medicine, Jeff brings an established track record of leadership to Neighborhood. He is responsible for site operations and ancillary services support and is a key contributor to the development of organizational strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Neighborhood, Jeff worked for 20 years at Laboratory Corporation of America, advancing from an operations role to Senior Vice President of both the Northeast and West Divisions. Among his most fulfilling achievements in this role was the ability to attract talented health care professionals and build successful management teams. Most recently, Jeff served as Chief Operating Officer for West Pacific Medical Laboratory, where he was instrumental in positioning the company for a successful sale to Sonic Healthcare.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Penn State University, with an emphasis on Supply Chain Management. He currently serves on the board of the California Clinical Laboratory Association.

Leadership
Jim Schultz, MD, MBA, FAAFP
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER BIO

Dr. Schultz has served as the Chief Medical Officer for Neighborhood since 2001. A family physician who splits time between active patient care and administrative duties, Dr Schultz has been instrumental in growing Neighborhood’s clinic operations as well as improving patient access to specialty services. In addition to his position at Neighborhood, Dr. Schultz serves as a consultant for Integrated Health Partners and Health Center Partners and as Medical Director for Project Access San Diego. He is a Volunteer Clinical Professor for the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and the lead faculty for the UCSD Family Medicine Residency Outpatient Gynecology Rotation.

Dr. Schultz completed his Family Medicine Residency at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. He received his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles, his MBA from California State University, San Marcos, and his Diploma in Mountain Medicine and Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine from the Wilderness Medical Society.

Leadership
Lynn Graykowski
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER BIO

Lynn has worked at Neighborhood for over 20 years and is responsible for fostering the organization’s unique culture of positive engagement among its more than 700 employees, overseeing talent management and development, HR service delivery, diversity and inclusion, and HR policies and programs. As part of Neighborhood Healthcare’s ongoing efforts to support its employees, Lynn also oversees the Learning & Development department, which supports the personal and professional growth of each employee with training through NHcare University, an online platform designed to develop skills in electronic medical records use, leadership, data analytics, medical procedures, people skills, and more.

Lynn serves on the Personnel Board of Review at the City of Escondido and has served as President for Healthcare Human Resources Management Association (HHRMAC). She studied Human Resources Management at San Diego State University and is a graduate of Leadership North County through California State University San Marcos.

Leadership
Lisa Daigle
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BIO

Lisa has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and 25 years’ experience working with Federally Qualified Health Centers. She is responsible for optimizing and managing the financial performance of the organization and offers strategic insight and planning. She has been providing financial consulting services to community health centers throughout Southern California for over 20 years.

Lisa is a member of the finance committee for Health Center Partners and Integrated Health Partners in San Diego and has served as Chair of California Primacy Care Association’s (CPCA) CFO work group. She represents the San Diego region on many advisory and task force committees throughout California and provides guidance to CPCA staff on financial matters pertaining to Federally Qualified Health Centers. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting from San Diego State University.

Leadership
Alejandro “Alex” Nunez
CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER BIO

As Neighborhood’s Chief Growth Officer, Alex is responsible for the growth and expansion of new and existing services. He has over 10 years of experience working with Federally Qualified Health Centers, half of those with Neighborhood. Alex joined the organization as Director of Operations and transitioned to a Revenue Cycle Director position before advancing to his current role as Chief Growth Officer. Alex’s ability to quickly build strong and trusting relationships with stakeholders throughout the organization has been integral to his successes in the complex, ever-changing healthcare industry. His strong background in leadership and management includes organized training and collaborative values that have resulted in teams as efficient as they are productive.

Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from San Diego State University. He chose to enter the community health field with the goal of contributing to improving the lives and healthcare of underserved populations.

Board Of Directors

Alan Conrad, MD
PRESIDENT

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Judith Descalso, Attorney at Law
DIRECTOR

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Thomas Jenkins
DIRECTOR

Marisol Marquina
DIRECTOR

Cynthia Tam
DIRECTOR

William “Bill” Smith
TREASURER

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Elmer Cameron
DIRECTOR

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Laura Nunn
DIRECTOR

Cabiria “Bea” Lizarraga
VICE PRESIDENT

Katherine “KC” Schafer, RN, PHN
SECRETARY

REPRESENTING THE TEMECULA AREA IN RIVERSIDE

Nasir Al Samaraie, Ph.D
DIRECTOR

REPRESENTING EAST SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Frederico Salas
DIRECTOR

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Board Of Directors
Alan Conrad, MD
PRESIDENT BIO

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Board Of Directors
Judith Descalso, Attorney at Law
DIRECTOR BIO

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Board Of Directors
Thomas Jenkins
DIRECTOR BIO

Board Of Directors
Marisol Marquina
DIRECTOR BIO

Board Of Directors
Cynthia Tam
DIRECTOR BIO

Board Of Directors
William “Bill” Smith
TREASURER BIO

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Board Of Directors
Elmer Cameron
DIRECTOR BIO

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Board Of Directors
Laura Nunn
DIRECTOR BIO

Board Of Directors
Cabiria “Bea” Lizarraga
VICE PRESIDENT BIO

Board Of Directors
Katherine “KC” Schafer, RN, PHN
SECRETARY BIO

REPRESENTING THE TEMECULA AREA IN RIVERSIDE

Board Of Directors
Nasir Al Samaraie, Ph.D
DIRECTOR BIO

REPRESENTING EAST SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Board Of Directors
Frederico Salas
DIRECTOR BIO

REPRESENTING INLAND NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Our work is only possible with the help of our outstanding team and community members like you. Get involved today!

Join Our Team
Join Our Team

Do you have a passion for community health and the skills to make a difference? We’re always looking for motivated individuals to join the Neighborhood team.

Volunteer
Volunteer

Volunteers are central to the work we do. Share your time and talent today and help us work toward a community where everyone is healthy and happy.

Donate
Donate

Your financial support brings positive change to our communities. It’s change you can see firsthand in the smiles of the patients we serve. Donate today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Neighborhood Healthcare?

Neighborhood Healthcare is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing a wide range of medical, dental, and behavioral health services, along with programs and resources designed to improve the health and happiness of the communities we serve. Our mission is to provide quality care to every member of our community, regardless of situation or circumstance. As a private, non-profit 501(C) (3) community health organization, we serve 271,000 medical, dental, and behavioral health visits from 67,000 people annually.

What services are available at Neighborhood Healthcare?

Neighborhood Healthcare offers a wide range of quality health care and wellness services including Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Dental Care, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Acupuncture, Vision, Tattoo Removal, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and more.

Where are you located?

We have 16 locations throughout San Diego and Riverside counties. For more information and directions to each of our locations, click here.

What are your hours?

Each of our locations has different hours of operation. For more information on location hours, click here. Our Patient Navigation Center is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6:30pm at 1-833-867-4642.

What languages do you speak?

All Neighborhood locations offer services in English and Spanish. Other locations and providers offer services in Arabic, Kurdish, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Tagalog, Italian, and Gujarati. For more information on which providers and locations offer which languages, call 1-833-867-4642, or visit Locations or Find a Doctor.

What is the Patient Navigation Center?

When you call 1-833-867-4642 you will get a member of our skilled and compassionate Patient Navigation Center team who can assist you with navigating your appointment scheduling needs, connect you to important clinical, dental, and specialty services, and answer any medical records or referrals related questions you may have. When you call Neighborhood Healthcare, our Patient Navigation Center is your first point of contact.

Who can receive health care at Neighborhood?

Neighborhood offers quality health services to every member of our community, regardless of situation or circumstance. We offer low-cost, discounted care for uninsured patients. We also accept most insurance plans, including Medi-Cal and Medicare.

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