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 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.

 

 

What is a Community Health Center?

Community health centers are located in areas where care is needed but scarce. They provide more than 24 million patients in the US with comprehensive care that is high quality, affordable and accessible.

Leadership 

Kelly Huntsman

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Adams

Chief Operating Officer

Martin Watt

Chief Financial Officer

Sherry Gomis

Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie Raasch

Chief Quality Officer

Bery Engebretsen, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Our Providers

Please visit each clinic’s page to view a list of providers for that location. Click here for the locations page.

Board of Directors

Ben Bellus

Ben Bellus

Board Chair

Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Department of Justice

Juan Cadenillas

Juan Cadenillas

Public Health Planner, Polk County Health Department

Samuel Carbajal

Board Member

Scott Emison Clair

Scott Emison Clair

Vice President of Data Science, Measurement Mojo

Karin Derry

Board Member

Sandy Hansen

Board Member

Sergio Hernandez

Sergio Hernandez

Board Vice Chair

Program Manager, The Home Connection of Hawthorn Hill

Rosemary Holland

Rosemary Holland

Board Member

Ted Johnson

Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

Roger Lacoy

Board Member

Carly Ross

Director, US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Des Moines Field Office

William Schoenenberger

William Schoenenberger

Retired, Education Research and Instructional Technology

Michael Schuman

Michael Schuman

Board Member

Rose Marie Serra

Board Member

Billie Wade

Board Secretary

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