The Providence Community Health Centers (PCHC) is the only Federally Qualified Heath Center (FQHC) in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is the third largest City in New England, and PCHC currently serves almost one in four city residents. Rhode Island does not have any county or city health departments, and our state health department does not offer any direct patient care services. Rhode Island does not have an official “City” Hospital.
PCHC employs over 500 full-time and part-time employees who are highly skilled, compassionate, and represent a culturally-diverse workforce that is committed to improving the health status of the community.
PCHC is a leading economic engine in Providence, contributing to the city’s economy and community redevelopment; while also providing substantial employment opportunities to local residents, many of whom come from the communities in which the health centers are located.
Only 13% of the Providence Community Health Centers’ budget comes from Federal 330 grant support, and PCHC receives no direct financial support from the City of Providence.
Only 13% of the PCHCs’ budget comes from Federal 330 grant support
In 2017, PCHC provided care to more than 50,000 patients with a total of 209,882 patient visits.
PCHC has 19,692 patients under the age of nineteen years old. 90% of our patients are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, even though some work full time. 11% of our patients are uninsured.
For over 50 years PCHC has been responding to the health care needs of the Providence community, helping to serve entire families.
PCHC services patients in the City of Providence and surrounding communities.
Patients served in 2017
PCHC patient panel has grown from 36,000 to more than 50,000 over the past eight years.
PCHC visits have increased from 149,259 to 209,882 in the same eight-year period.
To accommodate patient demand, PCHC opened a new facility with five providers at One Randall Square in Providence in late 2017.
PCHC is planning to expand its footprint in several service areas to meet patient demand due to lack of medical providers in these areas.
PCHC employs more than 425 people and the total number of full-time and part-time employees has grown more than 10% in the past two years.
PCHC works hand in hand with the Rhode Island Health Center Association on issues affecting health centers statewide as well as federally.
PCHC has a very strong relationship with The Providence Center, the largest behavioral health center in the State.
PCHC works with our local hospitals to give our patients a strong continuum of care.
PCHC is a member, and works with the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Local Board Control
PCHC is an IRS recognized (501)C(3) non-profit organization.
PCHC is governed by a local 15 member Board of Directors, of which over 51% are patients of PCHC.
While PCHC does collaborate with State and local agencies, hospitals and community partners, PCHC’s Board of Directors is the entity that is entirely responsible for the organization’s overall operation, management, and control.
PCHC currently has 74 Providers on staff… and we’re recruiting for more!
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
In the fall of 2013, the Providence Community Health Centers had a team of “navigators” assisting the community with enrollment and obtaining health insurance through the ACA which began across the nation in January 2014. Through our education and outreach efforts, PCHC has led the State in enrolling and assisting patients, and continue to play a major role in our community.