The Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center has been a viable force in northeastern Oklahoma County since 1973, when it opened its doors in the old Dunjee High School building, approximately 3 blocks north of the Center's present location. It is a private, nonprofit comprehensive primary health care facility sponsored by Community Health Centers, Inc. The Center was named for Mary Eliza Mahoney, who was the first black professional nurse in the United States. The American Nurses Association awards a medal in her honor at each biennial meeting. This distinguished award is bestowed upon the member of the Association who has made a significant contribution to integration within the profession.
Leadership in the development of Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center was provided by five women who resided in Parker's Heights, the community immediately north of the Center. The pioneering leaders were: Mrs. Lena Jackson, Mrs. Daisy Mitchell, Mrs. Laura Neff, Mrs. Dorothy Smith and Mrs. Alma Trotter. Mrs. Smith serves as a Member Emeritus of the current Board of Directors.
Today, located at 12716 N.E. 36th Street, the Center served more than 14,000 medical, dental and social service users in 2003. The high quality services are available, accessible and affordable.
The Center is NOT a Free Clinic. Fees are adjusted on a sliding scale according to family size and income. The fee is determined when users register and is updated annually. Documentation of eligibility for sliding fee schedule is verified by presenting one of the following: W-2 Form, Income Tax Return, Letter from supporting relative/friend, Letter from employer, Pay check stub. There is a minimum charge for most services. No one is turned away due to inability to pay. Our finance office assists with arranging payment plans. Our physicians and dentists are participants in a number of health plans.
The Center's primary focus is on early detection and diagnosis of conditions, disease prevention and health promotion. It serves as the entry point into the health care delivery system for many of its users.
In addition to Mary Mahoney, the Center operates a Health Care for Homeless program - Healing Hands Health Services at 411 N.W. 11th Street in Oklahoma City. Access to comprehensive primary care services were made available to over 2,000 homeless infants, children, youth and adults in 1999. A site for infants ages birth to 2 years of age - Oklahoma Healthy Start Initiative, 3017 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., OKC, OK 73111. A program in rural Oklahoma - Mary Mahoney Health Center at Langston, 300 Martin Luther King St., Langston, OK 73050. – less–ZoomInfo