Join us in celebrating the return of Bayview Hunters Point health and wellness services in the historic Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center. This event launches a $1.2M renovation campaign to save this building from developers!
Thursday evening, November 30, 2017
6:00 Drinks and hors d'oeuvres
8:00 Music and celebration
Healthcare by and for African Americans
The Bayview Clinic celebrates the heritage of Dr. Arthur Coleman, Bayview’s first African American physician, who served this community for more than 50 years.
Sadly, last year this historic building was lost in a tax lien sale. Now the Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center is owned by a real estate investor from Marin, with no knowledge or concern about this historic center for Black health equity. Gala proceeds will provide critical funding to renovate the building to expand services. Help us raise $1.2M and keep the Bayview Clinic open to serve Bayview Hunters Point residents!
In 1960, Dr. Coleman purchased the building at 6301 Third Street (at Ingerson). His vision: Black doctors, dentists, opthamologists, pharmacists and midwifes would provide wraparound healthcare for residents of this historic African American neighborhood. In 2016 the Bayview Clinic brought health and wellness services back to the community, including medical, dental, behavioral health, maternal and perinatal, health education and case management services. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, we serve patients with Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal, Medicare, private insurance and sliding scale payment, with a focus on low-income and residents of public housing.
Honoring Dr. Coleman's Legacy
Dr. Coleman was a beloved care provider who worked tirelessly to serve his patients. He was a pioneer: he attained a law degree to better advocate for his patients and their needs. He opened his clinic with a wide array of integrated services so that patients didn't have to travel across town for specialist care or medical tests. Dr. Coleman helped expand opportunities for black and brown students to enter the field of medicine. MCHWC worked closely with Pat Coleman, Dr. Coleman’s daughter, in order to bring primary health care services back to the Bayview Hunters Point community in the original building that Dr. Coleman created.
With your support, the Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center may be considered as a historically important building by San Francisco's Historic Preservation program. Receiving historic designation by the City will not only recognize a building that is culturally important to the African American community, but serves as an ongoing tribute to the life’s work of Dr. Coleman by helping to keep this medical building for Dr. Coleman's beloved community.
Proceeds from the gala will help with historic preservation and renovation to expand healthcare services.