New identity for Osborn Family Health Center in Camden

Father Joseph Monahan, TOR, blesses the hands of one of the workers at the Osborn Family Health Center, Camden, on Feb. 6.
Cierra E. Irizarry, whose family are longtime patients of the Osborn Center, sings at the center’s Feb. 2 event to celebrate its new designation.
Photos by James A. McBride

Family Health Center celebrated the Osborn’s recent designation as a look-alike Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHCs are community-based healthcare providers that receive funds from the Health Resources & Services Administration to provide primary care services in underserved areas.

Osborn is the newest FQHC in the state of New Jersey. As such, it will from now on operate independently of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.

“For the past 44 years, Osborn has helped thousands of people in Camden receive affordable and quality access to Pediatric, OB/GYN, Family Practice, and Specialty Services. We look forward to working with Community Health Centers in New Jersey and being a member of NJPCA,” said Shawne Cuilla, executive director and CEO of Osborn Family Health Center.

Osborn Family Health Center was established in 1974 in a brownstone house on Haddon Avenue in Camden. The center was named after the first Chief of Surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Dr. Edward Osborn, who donated the brownstone.

During the first two years of operation, the Osborn’s volume tripled. In 1976, Osborn moved into a renovated Studebaker show room across the street from Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Osborn remained there until 1999. Osborn is now located at the Sister Elizabeth Corry Ambulatory Care Center on the Lourdes Camden campus.