John Grady, President of PIDC (2nd from left) stands with our local dignitaries and the Spectrum Board of Directors at the Spectrum Community Health Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 2015

For the past 50 years, Spectrum Health Services, Inc. has been improving the health status of our patients and of the residents living in the Philadelphia communities through an organized, comprehensive program of primary care delivery, health education and health-related social services regardless of their ability to pay. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1967 as Better Family Planning but now comprised of three Federally Qualified Health Centers conveniently located in West, North and South Philadelphia. We offers fully accredited adult health, pediatric care, gynecology, obstetrics, prenatal medicine, dentistry, and ancillary services such as intensive case management, behavioral health, nutrition counseling, HIV/AIDS outreach, diabetic education, and laboratory services. We are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level-3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

The Spectrum story exemplifies the benefits of collaboration and partnerships.  One of our very valued partnerships is the one we share with The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). This partnership was extremely beneficial in the construction of Spectrum’s new headquarters in the heart of West Philadelphia.  Spectrum was able to metamorphosize from a 10,000 sq. ft. storefront to a 36,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Silver LEED certified facility. Construction of the new facility included approximately $14 million in financing, led by a $2 million grant from the City’s Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI), a $1.7 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and additional loans of $2.4 million, administered through PIDC.

Our desire is that our patients grow with us just as Tamika Butler, a longstanding patient who has helped her entire family receive care with us and currently our Human Resources Coordinator, would attest.  “I walked from my house from 58th & Arch up to Spectrum…I was seen right away, and they let me know that I was in respiratory failure! I basically could have lost my life and not been here today… (Spectrum) saved my life.”

The generous support of PIDC and other funding partners will ensure that others are able tell similar stories for another 60 years.

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of Independence Blue Cross Foundation;  Glenn Ellis Sr., president of Strategies for Well-Being, LLC.; Phyllis Cater, President of Spectrum Health Services, Inc., John Grady, President of PIDC; Marla Hamilton, VP and Market Manager of PIDC and one of Spectrum’s  50 Community Gems at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Spectrum Community Health Center, 2015