Now in its 50th year, the William F. Ryan Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) licensed by New York State under the Public Health Laws Article 28 and Article 31, has provided high quality, affordable, culturally and linguistically competent, primary, preventive, specialty care and support services to minority, medically underserved populations in New York City. All patients are treated with dignity, respect, courtesy, confidentiality, and concern for safety. The Ryan Network is nationally recognized for its history of responsive and successful community wide programming and impressive proficiency in the area of service expansion and community collaboration.
Today, eighteen sites comprise the William F. Ryan Community Health Network, which all share a common mission supported by the founding principle that — “Health care is a right, not a privilege.”
The Ryan Network’s service areas are characterized by great ethnic, cultural, and racial diversity and include some of the poorest neighborhoods in Manhattan: Washington Heights/Inwood and Central Harlem/Morningside Heights in Upper Manhattan, and the Lower East Side. Its service areas are largely comprised of Latino, African American, Caribbean, and East African New Yorkers, many of whom are recent immigrants. In 2015, the Ryan Network served close to 47,000 patients. The Network’s patients, as reflected by their payor status, were among the most disadvantaged in the communities served. Fully 90 percent of patients lived at or below 200 percent of the Federally Poverty Level; 58 percent received Medicaid; 13 percent received Medicare; and 15 percent were uninsured.
Ryan Network sites include the flagship Ryan Center and a premier Women and Children's Center, serving the Upper West Side, Central Harlem/Morningside Heights, and the Washington Heights/Inwood communities; Ryan-NENA, a satellite site serving the Lower East Side; two more satellites, Ryan/Adair and Ryan/Frederick Douglass (opened in 2016), both serving Central Harlem; and the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center, which is a sub-recipient of Ryan 330 and Part C funds, serving midtown Manhattan neighborhoods. The Ryan Network also includes sites in four homeless shelters and one rehabilitation center; six School-Based Health Centers; and a fully-equipped mobile medical van. The Ryan Network provides coordinated, patient-centered adult medicine, pediatrics, women's health, adolescent health, geriatrics, behavioral health, dental, vision, nutrition, WIC, health education, specialty care, and HIV services. It also provides home visits, as needed, and transportation when medically indicated.
The organization is accredited by the Joint Commission, signifying the highest standards of quality patient care, and recognized by the NCQA as meeting Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) standards. The Ryan Network’s success is based on support from its committed leaders, dedicated staff, and the respect and support of the communities it is privileged to serve.