A Legacy of Serving …
The Parker Family Health Center is a volunteer-based, free health care facility where Monmouth County residents without medical insurance or the ability to pay can be cared for with the same level of dignity and confidentiality afforded in the private sector. The focus is on primary health care, emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion and patient education in an easily accessible facility…read more
The Parker Family Health Center, with the support of the medical community and the community at large, assists those who are making a sincere effort to help themselves and their families realize optimum health. We currently operate six days a week, including two evenings and Saturday morning, to provide a consistent, accessible source of community health care. Care is provided by a network of volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and many others who together donate 10,000 hours annually, supported by a small paid staff. Our facility houses a waiting area, five exam and treatment rooms, offices and space for patient education. Care is provided to over 8,600 patients — children and adults. Close to 200 patients with serious chronic disease — primarily diabetes and hypertension — are under care and learning to control their health, and 800 children each year receive well-child exams and immunizations to stay healthy.
From our humble beginnings where we first saw three patients on the night of July 31, 2000, in a donated trailer in an empty Shrewsbury Avenue parking lot, the Parker Family Health Center has grown to be the family doctor for a significant segment of the community. Since that first night, the clinic has depended on hundreds of volunteers and generous community support to remain cost-effective. A visit, including lab tests and prescription drugs, costs $80 on average, compared to $300 and up in emergency rooms for the visit alone.