What is a Nurse-Managed Health Center?

A nurse-managed health center (NMHC) is an accessible service site that delivers family- and community-oriented primary healthcare. The majority of care is provided by nurse practitioners in collaboration with other nursing and healthcare providers, including social workers, physicians, and more.

At a nurse-managed health center the patient is at the center of care delivery, able to work collaboratively with a staff of advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners) to address a wide spectrum of primary health concerns with an emphasis on continuity of care.

Across studies, the quality and safety of care provided in NMHCs is comparable to, and sometimes better than, care provided in other types of ambulatory care services.

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