Manchester Community Health Center Introduces New Name for Its 3 Organizations

Apples given out at the rebranding launch party on June 13, 2019

Manchester, New Hampshire JUNE 14, 2019:  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 4 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.” -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.” -Kris McCracken, President and CEO of Amoskeag Health

Kris McCracken at the Manchester Millyard Museum introducing the new name.

Amoskeag Health is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) federally qualified health center offering high-quality, comprehensive, and family-oriented primary health care and support services since 1993. Founded in 1980, Amoskeag Health Pediatrics, formerly Child Health Services, is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of at-risk children. Through all its programs, Amoskeag Health serves over 18,000 active patients at four locations in Manchester. For more information visit

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