White Mountain Community Health - Affordable Health Care, Conway NH
Open Monday through Friday
8:30am to 4:00pm
(603) 447-8900

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Jun 30, 2017

Historic overview of the health center


White Mountain Community Health Center is truly a product of our community. 

We trace our roots to the Children & Youth Project (C&Y), founded in 1968. In 1981, the project became a private nonprofit organization. Back then, C&Y, under the watchful eye of Carroll Bergin, RN and Director, served children through age 6, but its founders were not short sighted. C&Y continued to evolve until, in 1992, they moved to expand services, and, with an eye to the future, change their name to Children’s Health Center. Simultaneously, the Family Health Centre was also working to provide health care to those who could not afford it. It was founded in 1983 to provide family planning and pre-natal care to women, and to reduce teen pregnancy. In 2001, Children’s Health Center and Family Health Centre merged to form White Mountain Community Health Center.

With David Brooks as Executive Director and Ruth Hamilton as Directors of Operations at the helm, White Mountain Community Health Center opened its doors on February 12, 2001. Dr. Angus Badger joined the team as the organization’s first family practice physician. In 2002, Patricia McMurry took over the position of Executive Director. The health center is currently led by Patricia, Medical Director Dr. Sohaib Siddiqui, and Director of Operations Julie Everett Hill, under the supervisor of the Board of Directors. Staff continues to include many faces that have grown with the agency: Shawn Rogers, pediatric nurse practitioner (27 years); Sarah Wright, prenatal social worker (26 years); Linda Valliere, prenatal medical assistant (30 years); and Toni Howard of the billing department (30 years).

The health center has continued growing under the auspices of Ms. McMurry, the staff and a dedicated board.

Some of the landmarks of growth are:

2001 – WMCHC established

2002 – Participation in the application process for the NH Healthy Kids Program

2004 – Children’s dental hygiene services added

2005 – Year of Service Award from Citadel Broadcasting

2005 – Employer Prepay Program initiated

2005 – Healthy Heart Screens added to services

2006 – WMCHC becomes home to Partners in Health

2006 – Dental Suite opens

2007 – WMCHC begins weekly health education column for Conway Daily Sun

2007 – WMCHC pediatrics staff receives Selma Deitch Award for excellence

2007 – WMCHC participates in national Healthy Hearts initiative

2008 – WMCHC participates in Nation 5-2-1-0 Health Children’s Project to combat obesity in youth

2008 – First Annual Yard Sale held as fundraiser

2008 – Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund added to privately supported funds

2009 – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Fund added to privately supported funds

2009 – Volunteer Program added

2009 – Launch of www.whitemountainhealth.org

2009 – Mental health counseling services added

2009 – Electronic Dental Records initiated

2010 – Nurse trained in asthma management

2010 – Child Care Resource and Referral program added

2012 – First Valley’s Got Talent fundraiser

2013 – Health Insurance Navigator program added

2014 – New logo developed

2014 – Electronic Medical Records implemented

2014 – Possum Fund for miscellaneous health needs added to privately supported funds

2015 – New website launched

2015 – SBIRT, universal substance abuse screening protocol, and depression screening programs launched

2015 – Phil Kelly Food Pantry Fund added

2015 – First FUNraiser Express train ride with the Conway Scenic Railroad

2016 – Interior building renovation completed

2016 – New Baby Safety Bags program launched in pediatric program

2016 – Staff trained in motivational interviewing to help patients make desired health changes

2016 – Board of Directors restructured to have a patient majority

2017 – Lucky Iron Fish Program launched to fight childhood anemia

2017 – Adult dental services added

2017 – Application to become a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike

2017 – Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid abused added