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Mt. Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Celebrates 50 Years and Unveils New Brand: WCHC

On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, elected officials, dignitaries, community leaders, and guests gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center (MVNHC). The occasion was marked by a groundbreaking ceremony for a $12 million renovation of the Mt. Vernon facility and the unveiling of MVNHC’s new name and brand.

In order to more accurately reflect its broader geographic service area, MVNHC will now be known as Westchester Community Health Center.  “Because we operate centers in Greenburgh/White Plains and Yonkers, we are changing our name to Westchester Community Health Center to more accurately reflect the larger community we care for”, said Judith Watson, Chief Executive Officer.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer who spoke at the ceremony said, “The Center offers much more than healthcare, it offers hope.”

County Legislator Tyrae Woodson-Samuels said the “The Center provides vital services to the community and Westchester County is committed to supporting it”.

On-hand New York State Acting Health Commissioner Dr. James V. McDonald said, “My highest priority is working to eliminate health disparities.”

Former Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson recounted the history of the Center, recalling the activists who worked to find funding and the opening of the current facility in 1980. She spoke of the need that the center filled, giving the citizens of Mt. Vernon a place to obtain quality healthcare.

As they broke ground, Judith Watson, CEO said, “We welcome everyone here, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status. We want to take care of everyone who needs our services.”


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