Group Health Cooperative opens Family Health Center on Capitol Hill on March 1, 1971.

  • By HistoryLink Staff
  • Posted 2/26/2006
  • Essay 7660
On March 1, 1971, Group Health Cooperative opens the Family Health Center on Capitol Hill. The center is managed by Gertrude Dawson, Group Health's first African American nurse, who plays a major role in its design and who supervises its staff.

In June 1971, Senator Edward Kennedy toured the facility and praised Group Health Cooperative as a "model for reform" (Crowley, 134).

In 2006, the Family Health Center still offers pediatric services, family practice, consulting specialties, physical therapy, a pharmacy, a laboratory, and children's play areas. It also houses Group Health's Family Practice residency.

Sources: Walt Crowley, To Serve the Greatest Number: A History of Group Health Cooperative of Seattle (Seattle: GHC/University of Washington Press, 1995), 134; "Capitol Hill Family Health Center," Group Health Cooperative website accessed February 26, 2006 ( medcenters/3/caphillfamhealth.jhtml).

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