Thelma C. Davidson Adair Community Health Center Acquisition
Special Projects Fund
October 14, 2009
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Davidson Adair Community Health Center (Thelma Adair), located in the medically underserved community of Central Harlem.
Allowing Thelma Adair to close would have created a significant gap in health care capacity—current patients would lose their medical home and unmet community health needs would only have increased in this medically underserved area. The William F. Ryan Community Health Center (Ryan) is part of the Ryan Network—a group of Manhattan-based community health centers that was founded to provide community health care in the most underserved neighborhoods of New York City. Ryan was in a unique position to take over Thelma Adair. The center was located in Ryan’s catchment area, and Ryan had a strong reputation for managing community-based health centers. In December 2009, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Ryan to help ensure the smooth transition of Thelma Adair into its operations.