3 community health organizations merge to form Amoskeag Health

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Amoskeag Health CEO & President, Kris McCracken, addresses the crowd of Morning Matters 2019 on May 23, 2019. Morning Matters raises money for well-child checks, vision services, teen-focused clinic, nutrition, behavioral health visits and more. Photo credit to K.C. Portraits

MANCHESTER, NH – After 40 years of providing pediatric healthcare to patients regardless of their ability to pay, today, Child Health Services (CHS) along with Manchester Community Health Center (MCHC) and West Side Neighborhood Health Center (WSNHC) assume a new name as Amoskeag Health.

In 1980, Dr. Selma Deitch opened Child Health Services with 100 patients. She implemented a model ahead of its time where services included nutrition, social services, and transportation to appointments in addition to medical care. Today, over 18,000 patients are treated annually at all four of our locations within Manchester.

To honor the legacy of CHS Founder Dr. Selma Deitch, Amoskeag Health, formerly Manchester Community Health Center, has also announced the new name of their 1245 Elm St. location, The Dr. Selma Deitch Center for Children and Teens.

“Our new brand will bring our three organizations under one name and one logo to communicate to patients and stakeholders that we are one organization with many sites and programs. We worked closely with Jennings Healthcare Marketing for more than a year to engage stakeholders and to identify a new name and brand that would unify our organization and distinguish it from other key non-profit organizations in our local area,”  said Kathleen Davidson, Esq. Chair of the Amoskeag Health Board of Directors.

“Long term stakeholders of CHS & MCHC recommended a name that would ring true about where we are located and our primary service area as a part of our identity. The new name reflects the history of our wonderful city and identifies a name that reflects our roots but distinguishes us from other service organizations in town. After careful consideration, we have elected to move forward with renaming our organization, Amoskeag Health,” explained Kris McCracken, President and CEO of Amoskeag Health.