Members of the family of Dr. Ambrose H. Clement are shown with local health officials at a ceremony to celebrate the center named after Dr. Clement. From left are daughter Kristi Clement Williams; wife Dr. Doris Clement; Melba Moore, Cincinnati Health Commissioner:, Calvin Buford, family member: and Richard P. Lofgren, MD, MPH, FACP, president and CEO UC Health. Photo provided
By Dan Yount
The Cincinnati Herald
On Thursday, Oct. 24, leaders from the community, UC Health and the Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) gathered at the new Ambrose H. Clement Health Center, a 19,000-square-foot, full-service healthcare facility in the heart of the Avondale neighborhood, to celebrate its first few months of operations.
Constructed by The Community Builders, and jointly operated by CHD and UC Health, the facility at 3559 Reading Road serves the healthcare needs of the Avondale community and provides access to first-class, culturally competent care within walking distance for residents.
The facility has been open for several months and is accepting new patients of all ages. The phone number is 513-357-7320.
Services include adult medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, mental health services, pharmacy, WIC, health insurance enrollment assistance and laboratory services.
There are several physicians and mental health providers at the new facility, which allows for more children and families to be seen. The Cincinnati Health Department staffs the health center with family nurse practitioners Katherine Redman, MSN, APRN-CNP, FNP-BC, and Lauren Gering, APRN, FNP-BC.
UC Health clinicians staff the health clinic. They include:
- UC Health Obstetrics & Gynecology: William J. Moravec, MD; Clinque Davis, CNP
- UC Health Family Medicine/Psychiatry: Robert Pulliam, MD
- UC Health Psychiatry: Jackie Collins, MD; Maria Espinola, PsyD; Stephen Benoit, PhD, MA, LPCC
Prior to the relocation, the Clement facility had been at the corner of Burnet Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.
Christie Bryant Kuhns, chief of staff, vice president of operations and community relations at UC Health, said the event was held almost exactly 37 years ago on November 23, 1982, when the Cincinnati Board of Health named a newly consolidated health center at 3101 Burnet Avenue after Dr. Ambrose H. Clement.
“Dr. Clement was a gift to our community,” Kuhns said at the celebration. “He held the position of assistant professor of surgery, while maintaining a large private practice that served patients from all over Cincinnati. Dr. Clement, a mentee of Dr. Charles R. Drew, learned from his mentor the responsibilities a physician must have in their communities and put that into practice. He championed access to high quality healthcare in the Greater Cincinnati community. His office was in Avondale for 24 years and his diverse patient population came from all over the city,’’
Kristi Clement Williams, said her father was had a passion for serving on civic boards, including the Cincinnati Board of health, and his affiliations with several area hospitals, health centers and community organizations.
Dr. Clement was an Avondale resident with his wife, Dr. Doris Clement; and children Kendall, Kristi and Kelly.
Mayor John Cranley said. “This development is one-hundred percent good. You cannot beat medical services in an under developed community.’’
Other speakers, such as Richard P. Lofgren, MD, MPH, FACP, president and CEO, UC Health, mentioned the historic collaboration between the Cincinnati Health Department and UC Health to ensure broader access to care and to address health dipartites in our community. He said the collaboration would not be possible with out the leadership and support of Mayor John Cranley, who made the project a priority.