History of Morris Heights Health Center
Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC) has a record of distinction as the major provider of primary health care to Morris Heights and surrounding areas since it opened in 1981. It is the outgrowth of a grassroots community response to medical abandonment of the area. Founded by the Morris Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association with a small federal grant, MHHC has grown to meet the continuing needs of the community. The Board of Directors governs the organization and conducts special,
It is the outgrowth of a grassroots community response to medical abandonment of the area.public meetings each spring and fall to garner feedback and input from the community. MHHC was the first federally-funded community health center in New York City to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 1983. It is the first community health center in the nation to provide an out-of-hospital, midwifery-run childbearing center in a low income community. The Women’s Health & Birthing Pavilion has provided a safe, cost-effective, homelike birthing experience for several thousand women. MHHC has provided on-site HIV/AIDS services since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. In recognition of its pioneering care, it was chosen to be one of three national pilot projects to
In our pursuit of excellence, we intend to expand our peer community beyond the Bronx and even New York, to be measured and recognized as one of the best health care providers in the country.demonstrate an integrated one stop-shopping model of HIV/AIDS services, which is now replicated nationwide. MHHC is a founding member of The Affinity Health Plan, one of the first managed care programs for Medicaid and indigent Bronx residents.
Morris Heights Health Center Today
Morris Heights Health Center continues to be an organization in transition. MHHC’s people, processes and systems have been asked to adapt to meet the anticipated changes in health care delivery. We are focused on improving the technology infrastructure through full integration of our patient management system and transforming the organization into one that is data knowledgeable and data-driven.
In our pursuit of excellence, we intend to expand our peer community beyond the Bronx and even New York, to be measured and recognized as one of the best health care providers in the country. The theoretical framework is to create a comprehensive medical home, with certified centers of excellence, as a physician directed team with a focus on care coordination and integrated quality as patients are continually seeking higher quality care and marketplace demands are being felt in this competitive healthcare market.
MHHC is continually changing to meet the growing needs of our community. Currently, we have many convenient locations, including an urgent care unit and mobile van unit and we operate School Based Health Centers in elementary, middle and high schools across the Bronx community, as well as a phramacy. Locations include:
- 85 West Burnside Ave
- Women's Health Pavilion
- Harrison Circle
- Health Connections at Grand Ave
- MHHC at 137th Street
- MHHC at Melrose
- MHHC at Walton
- MHHC at 233rd Street
- Bronx Medical and Wellness Center
- The Care Connection (Tremont)
- Mobile Unit (Designated Article 28 site)
- SBHCs at 19 sites
Today, we are pleased to provide the following services to our communities. Pediatrics Adolescent Health Care Adult Medicine Family Practice Labor & Delivery Obstetrics/Gynecology Dentistry X-ray & Lab Mental Health Optometry/Ophthalmology Cardiology GI (Gastroenterology)
Pediatric Endocrinology Sonography ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Podiatry HIV Counseling, Testing & Case Management WIC Program Family Planning Services No Cost/Low Cost Health Insurance Urgent Care Services Pulmonary Physical Therapy Dermatology Digital X-Ray
For appointments please call (718) 716-4400 For staff inquiries and specific department call (718) 483-1270