Over the past four decades, Hometown Health Centers (formerly known as Schenectady Family Health Services) has overcome a mercurial past to become the primary care provider of choice for more than 22,000 residents of Schenectady, Montgomery, and Saratoga counties.
Hometown Health Centers was borne out of a need for accessible health care services in the Hamilton Hill community. In 1970, a local physician, Hendrik Rozendaal, M.D., began volunteering his services providing basic primary medical care out of a single room in the Carver Community Center. With only the medicine and equipment in his black doctor's bag, Dr. Rozendaal afforded many people in the community their only opportunity to receive compassionate, quality medical care.
The practice was granted an operating certificate by the New York State Department of Health on December 11, 1972, and was formally named the Carver Community Health Center. As word spread about the availability of affordable, quality medical care in Schenectady, Carver Community Health Center saw great increases in their patient population throughout the 1970's. In 1979, after several years of financial turbulence, the Center was awarded its first federal Urban Health Initiative Grant, which helped to restore financial stability to the organization and allowed the Center to increase their provision of care to the community.
The Center continued its evolution through the next three decades. On April 2, 1985, Carver Community Health Center was issued a certificate of incorporation, and purchased and renovated a new building to house the organization and its ever-increasing numbers of services and patients. The Carver Community Health Center officially opened its new health center in the former Horace Mann School at 602-608 Craig Street in early January 1986. In the fall of 1991, Carver Community Health Center changed its name to Schenectady Family Health Services to better reflect its expanded mission and services.
Hometown Health Centers has become a vibrant part of the upstate medical community. The organization provides a wide range of primary medical and dental care, as well as a comprehensive array of ancillary services, at various locations. In the spring of 2005, Hometown Health acquired Ellis Hospital's Ellis HealthCare Primary Care Center for a dollar, and now operates a successful primary care facility at that location. During summer 2005, Hometown Health entered into a successful annual collaboration with the New York Racing Association and the Back Stretch Employee Services Team to provide primary health care for seasonal track workers.
In December 2005, Hometown Health celebrated another major milestone,the opening of their new health care home at 1044 State Street. The state-of-the-art facility, located in the Webster Building in one of Schenectady's busiest commercial areas, has many great features, including increased medical and dental space, modern administrative office space, increased space for our WIC program, and our in-house MetCare RX Pharmacy, which opened to the public in July 2006. – less–ZoomInfo