1980 – Dr. Selma Deitch opens Child Health Services with 100 patients.
Implementing a model ahead of its time, services included nutrition, social services, and transportation to appointments, in addition to medical care. Over the years, behavioral and mental health services were added.
1981 – Child Development Clinic is sited at Child Health Services. Special Medical Programs for children with special health care needs soon follows.
1982 – Preschool Dental Clinic is established at CHS.
1986 – Dr. Selma R. Deitch is named NH Woman of the Year.
1993 – MCHC, a collaborative project of Elliot Hospital, Catholic Medical Center and other community partners is founded at 1415 Elm Street to provide care for the uninsured in Manchester. First Executive Director is Mariellen Durso. First Medical Director is Geordie Thomson, MD. The same year, the annual Bike Clinic is started at Child Health Services.
1996 – Child Health Services relocates to 1245 Elm Street.
1997 – Child Health Services joins Minority Health Coalition to improve access to culturally competent care.
1998 – Ed George becomes MCHC’s second President/CEO.  Teen Health Clinic is founded at Child Health Services.
1999 – MCHC receives first awarded accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Child Health Services joins Reach out and Read Program.
 2000 – Governor Jeanne Shaheen and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals celebrate MCHC for participating in Pfizer’s Sharing the Care pharmaceutical assistance program.  CHS Founder Dr. Selma Deitch retires. Rob Nordgren, MD, MPH is named her successor.  CHS’ “Children’s Public Health Fund” Campaign is launched in honor of Selma Deitch, MD, which increases the CHS endowment to $1 million.
2001 – Gavin Muir, MD is named MCHC Medical Director. First Lady Hillary Clinton visits MCHC.
2003 – MCHC is the first community health center in the nation to be surveyed under a collaborative Joint Commission Bureau of Primary Health Care process, affirming its commitment to delivering high-quality care.
MCHC implements an electronic medical records system. U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop visits MCHC for its 10th Anniversary celebration.
2005 – U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona visits MCHC. MCHC adds Adolescent Preventive Services.
Child Health Services celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
CHS’ “Children’s Care Campaign” is launched. $1.36 million is raised for clinic renovations & program expansion.
2008 – MCHC moves from its original Elm Street location to the current Hollis Street location.
At Child Health Services, Fred Rusczek is named Executive Director and Lisa DiBrigida, MD, is named Medical Director.
That same year, the Manchester Sustainable Access Project determined a need for a healthcare access point on the West Side. Catholic Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock agreed to collaborate, and established the West Side Neighborhood Health Center. Dr. Paula Mahon, the family practice clinician, provided consistent care at WSNHC from the beginning; she now continues to work for Catholic Medical Center’s Healthcare for the Homeless program.
2010 – Bedford Commons OB-GYN partners with MCHC to provide clinical support. Child Health Services celebrates 30th Anniversary.
2011 – Family Literacy Program is developed at CHS.
2012 – Child Health Services receives accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Ed George, President/CEO of MCHC, retires after more than 14 years of service.
2013 – MCHC adds second location at Tarrytown Road. Kris McCracken is named President and CEO.
Dr. Gavin Muir, Chief Medical Officer, is named Family Physician of the Year by the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians. MCHC Celebrates 20th anniversary. Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is launched. Both CHS and MCHC participate.
2014 – MCHC introduces the Center of Excellence for Culturally Competent Care.  Child Health Services and Manchester Community Health Center unite to expand services to the community. Child Health Services becomes Child Health Services at MCHC, the pediatric practice of the organization.
2015 – Manchester Community Health Center receives NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Dr. Laura Fry, family practitioner, is named Family Physician of the Year by the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians.  MCHC assumes operations of the West Side Neighborhood Health Center, working in partnership with Catholic Medical Center. MHCH now has four locations of care in Manchester.

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