About: History

Community Health Centers History

West Orange Farmworkers Health Association founded by local farm workers, consumer activists and the Sisters of Notre Dame saw the need to help the underprivileged in the area.

The farm workers trailer clinic opened in Apopka.  The first medical team consisted of a doctor, nurse and an assistant.

Bishop Borders Satellite Health Center opened to serve Winter Garden area farm workers and residents.  Dental care was also provided.  That same year West Orange Farmworkers Health Association became a comprehensive primary care model, expanding to include pharmacy, laboratory and dental services.

Our first permanent health center was constructed in Apopka, where it still is to this present day.  The Apopka trailer clinic was relocated to serve farm workers in Groveland.

Childbirth services initiated at the Apopka Family Health Center with deliveries at Florida Hospital and dental services were added.

Permanent South Lake Family Health Center was constructed.  Patient contributions and farmworker fundraising led by board members provided the funds to furnish the new center.

All sites increased medical staff to create hospital service rotation.

Accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations makes us Florida’s first and only JACHO accredited community health organization.

West Orange Farmworkers Health Association changes its name to Community Health Centers, Inc., to better reflect our mission of service to all the community.

Winter Garden Children’s Health Center opened to provide children services in a supportive and caring environment.  CHC – County Public Health services integrated to include outreach, early enrollment, teen pregnancy classes, drug treatment, and March of Dimes Community Support Network.

Leesburg Women’s Health Center opens for service.  CHC initiates Community Relations Program with priority goals of educating Medicaid and Medicare recipients and area employers.

South Lake Family Health Center’s renovation project was completed.

Leesburg Family Health Center opened.

Apopka Children’s Health Center opened.

Pine Hills Family Health Center, a public-private partnership, began providing services.

Eatonville Family Health Center opened.

Health Alliance Family Care Center opens – Winter Garden Family and Children’s Health Center relocated into the new 22,000 square-foot facility, and CHC corporate head quarters moved from Apopka to Winter Garden.

The Pine Hills Family Health Center relocated into the Princeton Plaza, expanding from a 4,000 sq. ft. facility into a 19,155 sq. ft. space & added Pediatric Dental services.

Lake Ellenor Dental Clinic opened offering Pediatric & Adult Dental services.

Apopka Dental Center offering Pediatric and Adult dental services opens. Our new South Lake center opens in Groveland, offering Family Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Dental and Pharmacy. Bithlo Child and Adult Medical Care opens.

Meadow Woods Children’s Medical & Dental Care opens.

Winter Garden Child, Adult Medical & Dental Care has been relocated to a more accessible and larger center offering evening and Saturday hours.  Added services include Optometry and children’s dental.

Rosemont Children’s Medical Care opens.

Tavares Child • Adult Medical & Dental Care opens.

Forest City Child • Adult Medical & Dental Care opens with additional services brought to the area.