A Note From Kelly Huntsman, CEO:


Kelly Huntsman, CEO Primary Health Care, Inc.

Primary Health Care Looks to the Future with a 3 Year Strategic Plan

In 2015 PHC began the work of developing a 3 year strategic plan. The approach of this effort was “What will it take for PHC to successfully serve our patients in this changing and competitive healthcare market?” After much information gathering and data collection from external and internal stakeholders and customers, the plan was launched in August 2016. The Board of Directors and leadership team have embraced the strategic plan as a tool to ensure the organization stays focused on our mission and prioritizes our valuable resources to provide healthcare and supportive services that meet the needs of our communities.

The plan features three overall goals that are supported by six strategies. The first goal is to improve health and satisfaction of our patients. The second goal is to maintain a skilled and capable workforce. The third and final goal is to improve and maintain financial health of the organization. These goals will guide PHC on how we use resources, competencies and capabilities to meet the needs of individuals and families in our communities, especially those who are low-income, underserved or vulnerable.

PHC staff and leaders have begun executing the plan! Key action steps have been identified, work groups assigned and accountability measures put in place. Leadership and staff have hit the ground running with the various initiatives and assignments, and I think we are off to a great start. I invite you to take a closer look at the plan, goals and strategies here. Stay tuned to future PHC newsletters for progress and updates.

9 Reasons Why You Should Go To LOL 2016


Take a break from your typical Sunday morning plans and join us for a champagne brunch filled with live entertainment, delicious food, and great company. Purchase tickets here.

Live Out Loud is Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Forte in downtown Des Moines. It is guaranteed to be a good time for a good cause. People are excited about this new format at a new venue at a new time.

But if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, here are some of the reasons why you should join us for Live Out Loud 2016.  Read More

PHC’s Impact In Central Iowa

InfographicIn 2015, Primary Health Care treated nearly 36,500 patients in central Iowa.

  • 679 of those patients were veterans
  • More than 10,000 were children
  • 3,880 patients were homeless children and adults
  • 12,835 patients remain uninsured (35%)
  • 13,357 are on Medicaid (37%)

Like health centers across the country, we serve a highly vulnerable population with significant needs.

Our patients are:

  • Minority – more than 55% are minorities including 36% Latino, 7% Asian, 11% African American, and 2% other
  • Have numerous complex and co-morbid health conditions
  • Low-income (94% are at/or below 200% of the federal poverty level which is $48,600 for a family of four)

Your support helps PHC programs that includes a wide range of medical services including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, prenatal and GYN services, lab, and radiology; dental services; pharmacy; integrated behavioral health care and substance abuse services; homeless outreach/advocacy/case management services; HIV treatment, outreach, education and case management; Supportive services such as assistance with entitlements, benefits and other supportive services.

Your Impact: Thank you from James

JamesAs we near the end of the year, and you review your charitable giving plans, please consider making a tax deductible donation to Primary Health Care.Your contribution stays local and helps people living in our community.

Your gift helps patients like a young man named James, who was seen at the PHC Scavo high school location (PHC has a clinic on campus) this fall. James had recently relocated to Des Moines with his family and was attending high school there. When he came to PHC for a medical appointment, it was discovered that James was malnourished (the only consistent source of food available to him was at school) and that he was living in a cousin’s basement temporarily. Because Primary Health Care specializes in caring for underserved, often economically disadvantaged people, we had wrap-around, supportive services that we could immediately connect him to care. Through that medical appointment, James was linked with a case manager to help with the housing instability his family was facing; provide access to a food pantry and of course, address his medical issues. Your gift supports and sustains the programs and services like the ones that helped James.

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