The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic started with the vision of Dr. John Song, an assistant professor of medicine and bioethics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Song saw an opportunity for students to help create and operate a free health care clinic for the uninsured and underinsured of Minneapolis and the surrounding communities. He soon found a passionate group of health professional students from the University of Minnesota who shared his vision.
The early years of the clinic involved a struggle to find space and consistent sources of funding. In 2003, the clinic found a new home in the basement of Oliver Presbyterian Church and a new name: the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC). The clinic operated as a satellite clinic of the Community University Health Care Clinic (CUHCC) until 2006. During the 2006-2007 school year, the PNC underwent an organizational transition from a CUHCC satellite clinic to a joint partnership between the University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP) and the University of Minnesota Medical School.
The clinic reopened in June 2007 under the medical direction of Dr. Brian Sick, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and the Medical Director for the University of Minnesota’s Primary Care Center. Since 2007 the PNC has seen exciting progress in the diversity of services provided and the number of patients served.
In 2009, the PNC was able to move from one night of services to two nights. This was an exciting change as the clinic was able to provide services to 1100 patients in 2009; more than double the 512 patients seen in 2008. In 2014, the PNC moved to its current location in the basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and now offers its services on Monday and Thursday evenings.
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