GOSHEN — Maple City Health Care Center will celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary with a fiesta today.
Maple City Health Care Center provides health care to people who live in the north and east neighborhoods of Goshen. The center provides 45 medical, dental, and behavioral health services, according to center staff.
Dr. James Nelson Gingerich, one of the center’s physicians and founders, cared for Maple City Health Care Center’s first patient 25 years ago on Feb. 20, 1989.
“We didn’t exactly expect to open on the 20th. Volunteers had just finished renovating the North Side Fire Station. I was busy installing light bulbs when the phone rang,” Gingerich recalled. “The person on the phone desperately needed a doctor, so Maria Diaz, our receptionist, made the appointment and I borrowed a pickup to go to my garage to get one of the exam tables. An hour later, we had helped our first neighbor.”
Maple City Health Care Center staff invites the public to the celebration from 2 to 5:30 p.m. today. Activities include a site tour at the center from 2 to 3:30 p.m., refreshments and reception at the Boys and Girls Club from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., and a program of storytelling from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club.
Maple City Health Care Center is at 213 Middlebury St. in Goshen. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 306 Crescent St. The staff said parking space is limited so people attending should consider walking or biking if possible.
In November 2011 Maple City Health Care Center was approved as a federally qualified health center by the Health Resources and Services Administration. In 2012, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected Maple City Health Care Center as a model of excellence in primary health care, according to center staff.
Since opening, there have been 189,000 office visits at the center. The center employs 39 people.