Health Partners of Western Ohio

Our History

Health Partners of Western Ohio – History

1998 – 2002 

The need is identified in Lima:  As a neighborhood nurse in Lima’s south end, Janis Sunderhaus became frustrated with the lack of medical care for underserved patients.  Many patients would be discharged from the hospital or emergency room and have no place to go to get regular health check ups, follow ups or treatment.  Patients continued to seek care at the emergency room for their health care needs.  At this time, there were no doctors,nurses, and dentists for many of Lima’s underserved – no real access to health care for a significant portion of Lima’s population.

In order to document the need for a federally qualified health center in Allen county, 3,000 door-to-door surveys were completed as part of the Hearts & Handshakes Needs Assessment.  This resulted in Lima receiving a Health Provider Shortage Area Designation (HPSA) for south Lima.


Dr. Gene Wright, a retired family physician joins the small team to help establish Allen County Health Partners(ACHP).  With Dr. Wright’s leadership, Allen County Health Partners formed a Board of Directors and was established as a  501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Dr. Anthony Atkins became the first physician and on July 14, 2003 Allen County Health Partners began offering medical services in donated space at LACCA, including one exam room, office, and small waiting area.  ACHP provided 5,384 primary medical visits for over 3,000 patients during the first year with only 3 paid employees.

In December 2003, Allen County Health Partners submitted a New Access Point grant to become a federally qualified health center.

August 2004

ACHP relocates to 441 E. 8th Street in a portion of the Salvation Army building.  This included five exam rooms, front office, waiting area, and small clinical work space.

December 2004

Allen County Health Partners receives funding as a New Access Point from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  This grant allows for long-term funding to support  health center services and operations.

May 2005

Allen County Health Partners purchases the Salvation Army building and begins plans to renovate the entire building.

July 2005

In space donated by St. Rita’s Medical Center, Health Partners begins offering dental services at the old MED-CARE Dental Clinic.

June 2006

Allen County Health Partners begins working with the Golden Acres Ministrant Center in Tipp City to plan a community health center for migrant and seasonal farmworkers working in the Upper Miami Valley area.

December 2006

Renovations completed at the 8th Street facility.  Services expanded to include dental, behavioral health, and a full dispensing pharmacy.  Health Partners begins using the integrated model of care.

A New Access Point grant application was submitted to establish a migrant health center in Tipp City.

September 2007

Allen County Health Partners receives funding from HRSA to establish a migrant health center.  In December 2007, ACHP opens the Salud Community Clinic in Tipp City.

August 2008

Allen County Health Partners is selected to participate in HRSA’s Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative.  Clinical Pharmacy Services are offered at ACHP.

December 2009

Building addition and renovation was completed at the 8th Street facility which provided 4 additional medical exam rooms, conference room, expanded finance/billing area, chiropractic rooms, and pharmacy expansion.

February 2010

Chiropractic services are offered at Allen County Health Partners.

April 2010

Allen County Health Partners officially changed its name to Health Partners of Western Ohio (HPWO) to reflect its growth and commitment to expanding services to communities in western Ohio.

August 2010

Health Partners of Western Ohio renames the 8th St. location the “Dr. Gene Wright Community Health Center” in honor of our first Board President.

September 2010

The Salud Community Clinic is renamed the New Carlisle Community Health Center and is relocated to downtown New Carlisle.  The New Carlisle Community Health Center opens in a renovated car dealership and begins offering expanded medical, dental, behavioral health, and chiropractic services to the migrant and seasonal farmworkers and other community members.

September 2012

Health Partners receives HRSA funding to establish a health center in Kenton.  The Kenton Community Health Center opens offering primary medical, behavioral health, chiropractic, dispensing pharmacy and clinical pharmacy services.

March 2013

In partnership with the Four County ADAMhs Board, Health Partners opened two additional facilities co-located within mental health agencies.  The Recovery Services Integrated Health Care  located in Bryan and the Maumee Valley Guidance Center Integrated Health Care  in Defiance provide primary medical care, dispensing pharmacy, and clinical pharmacy services for patients with mental illnesses.

 July 2013

HPWO’s administrative team relocates to 329 North West Street in Lima to make additional space for the growing staff and services at the Dr. Gene Wright Community Health Center.

October 2013

Kenton Community Health Center begins offering OB/GYN services to women.

November 2013

Construction/renovations begin on the second Kenton Community Health Center on Espy Street.  Construction is to be completed in Spring 2014.

Health Partners begins offering outpatient substance abuse treatment to patients living in Hardin County at the Kenton Community Health Center.

February 2014

Health Partners – Quick Care opens in north Lima to provide patients access to care in the evenings and on weekends.

August 2014

Spartan Health Center opens in Lima Senior High School to provider students, parents, and staff with medical, dental, and behavioral health care.