History

Our Historic Move

In late 2009, our community came together in a beautiful way to begin preparing for a new, convenient location that allowed us to be more accessible to those who need us most. Our main clinic is now housed in the historic Pence Automobile building and three adjoining buildings on NP Avenue in downtown Fargo.

At nearly 100 years old, the Pence Automobile building features a gorgeous terrazzo floor, original pink marble staircase, floor-to-ceiling windows and much more.  Why is this particular building so significant to Family HealthCare? Simply put, it fits perfectly with our mission because it allowed us to treat these forgotten buildings with dignity and respect, creating a tribute to the health and wellness of our community.

Our Growth in the Community

Our historic main facility has been immaculately renovated and now contains 33 medical exam rooms, 7 dental chairs, an automated pharmacy, on-site lab, x-rays, and offices for counseling, optometry, refugee health, interpreters, behavioral health, physical therapy, and health education.   Vitally importantly for our patients, is that this wide-array of medical services is conveniently provided all under one roof.

As a testament to the growing community need for our services, we provide care to over 15,000 patients and more than 60,000 patient visits. This continual growth is a reflection of our commitment to providing unrestricted access to affordable, quality care.

Family HealthCare Timeline

The origin of Family HealthCare goes back to 1990, when a clinic was opened and formed under a Section A Homeless Health Care grant. Three years later, and with a growing community need for access to primary care, our non-profit community health center status was granted.  A timeline of significant events  in Family HealthCare’s history is provided on this page.  Click on specific year to see notable events.

Over the last 20 years, Family HealthCare has expanded beyond primary medical care by offering numerous complementary integrated care services.

1990

Local emergency rooms document a significant rise in visits for primary care needs. A Section 340 Homeless Health Care grant opens a clinic site at the Salvation Army and usage grows rapidly.

1992

Health Care Access Network, a community-based organization, is formed to improve access to healthcare in the Fargo area.

1993

330 Community Health Center non-profit status is established.

1994

Name changes to Family Healthcare Center.

1995

Family Healthcare Center’s dental services begin in Fargo. Moorhead location follows soon after.

2001

Family HealthCare Center begins offering medically trained interpreters for patients with language barriers.

2003

Family HealthCare Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.

2006

Family HealthCare’s Patient Advisory Council is formed.

2011

Construction begins at 301 NP Avenue location.

2012

Family HealthCare Center rebrands and changes name to Family HealthCare with a new logo.

Family HealthCare moves into historic, renovated facility in downtown Fargo.

2015

FHC receives Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.  Patient base and number of visits hits all-time high.

2016

We opened a medical clinic in West Fargo, and we expanded our Moorhead dental office by adding two additional chairs.