HISTORY

HISTORY

NEMS was founded in 1968 and began serving patients in 1971 in response to the lack of adequate health care services for uninsured and underprivileged Asians in San Francisco, taking part in a nationwide movement to establish community-based health centers. Over the last 42 years, NEMS has grown from a small primary care clinic to a large, comprehensive health care organization, serving an estimated 250,000 people since its creation. NEMS became a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in 1992 and has received federal funding through the Community Health Centers (CHC) program since inception.

In 1999, NEMS formed a managed care Management Services Organization (MSO) to provide medical services for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids patients from the San Francisco Health Plan. NEMS is a major provider for the Healthy San Francisco universal health access program, serving over 25% of all program participants.

To meet the growing demands for its services, NEMS opened its first satellite clinic in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley in 2000. Additional clinics throughout San Francisco and in Daly City and San Jose followed between 2004 and 2012. Today, NEMS operates ten clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.