About Us

Primary Health Care is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care needs.

About Us

Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area.

Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education.

PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.

Serving Patients, Strengthening the Community

We have proudly served Central Iowa for more than 30 years, In that time, we’ve added new locations, expanded our services, upgraded technology, and increased our medical and support staff – all in an effort to provide everyone with a better patient experience and to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Executive Leadership 

Kelly Huntsman

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Adams

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Sherry Gomis

Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie Raasch

Chief Quality Officer

Heidi Shreck, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Board of Directors

Ben Bellus
Juan Cadenillas
Samuel Carbajal
Scott Clair, Past Chair
Sandy Hansen, Chair
Sergio Hernandez

Denise Essman

Janet Hicks
Ted Johnson, Treasurer
Roger Lacoy, Vice Chair
Carly Ross, Secretary
William Schoenenberger
Billie Wade

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1200 University Avenue, #200 Des Moines, Iowa 50314



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