The community health center now known as CareSTL has a long, complex, history - and a history of success.
Originally named St. Louis Comprehensive Neighborhood Health Center, the organization emerged as a training facility for health care professionals in the primarily African-American community of North St. Louis City in 1969. The facility was built at 5471 Dr. Martin Luther King Driveto service the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. In 1971, St. Louis Comprehensive Neighborhood Health Center graduated its first class of health care professionals and began delivering medical services to the community. Operating out of 3 satelite offices (trailers), the organization provided a wide array of services to 7,401 patients within its first year of operation. Those services laid the foundation for providing the comprehensive, holistic care that we practicetoday including: x-ray, social services, health education, dental, medical,pharmaceutical, laboratory, etc.
The first permanent full service facility was built in 1972 and then expandedin 1974. A second facility waslater added in 1993 within the Prince Hall Family SupportCenter in the O’Fallon Park area. In 2001, the center changed its name to Myrtle Hilliard Davis in honor of the retiring CEO, who had served the Comprehensive Health Center Community for over 30 years. The organization acquired two additional operating locations through St. LouisConnectCare in 2005: Homer G. Phillips and Florence Hill, both of which are still in use today. The Prince Hall location closed its doors in 2006.
As we continue to grow and expand our services today at CareSTL we focus on our mission of providing comprehensive, affordable healthcare to the medically underserved populations in the St. Louis community. The health center rebanded in 2018 at CareSTL as part of an initiative to reach new patients while continuing to support the community long served by the health center.