Fifty years ago, a group of volunteers saw the need to provide healthcare to underserved members of the community. Forty years ago, that volunteer effort became a non-profit organization, operating out of a mobile trailer. Today, Community Medical Centers is a growing network of neighborhood health centers providing vital care and services.
- 1960s Volunteers get state and federal funding to support the expansion of health care services. There are seven staff members on the payroll.
- 1970s The project forms a Board of Directors, incorporates as the Agricultural Workers Health Project, and hires an executive director.
- 1980s Health center hours increase and permanent facilities pop up in Stockton, Tracy and Lodi. A sister organization joins AWHC, bringing Solano and Yolo counties into the service area. Staff grows to 100!
- 1990s Channel Medical Center and the school-based health centers at Martin Luther King Elementary and Lawrence Elementary open. The organization changes its name to Community Medical Centers, Inc.
- 2000s Vacaville, Hammer Lane and Manteca sites open along with administrative office on Murray Drive in Stockton. Staff now at 350!
- 2010s Dorothy L. Jones, Mariposa, Weberstown Dental and Gleason sites all open. Services expand to include Healthcare for the Homeless. CMC makes the move from paper to electronic health records.
- 2018 Tracy Dental, Tracy Grant Line and West Lane sites open. The first six residents begin the Family Medicine Residency at CMC Channel, in collaboration with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The CMC Recovery Center, annexed to CMC Waterloo, opens to provide sobering, substance use treatment, and counseling. Total staff at 700!
- 2019 CMC adds California Street Pediatrics (formerly Stockton Pediatric Medical Group), Lodi Vine Family Care and Lodi Vine Pediatrics (formerly Adventist Health Lodi Memorial – Family Medicine and Pediatric Care), increasing the network to 21 sites. Plans are underway to build a new health center in Lodi and a respite center in Downtown Stockton. Steady growth continues as CMC works diligently to meet the needs of the community. Staff at 800 and counting!