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our history

Our history of providing health care to the city’s most needy citizens began in the 1930s when Wilder Clinic, our predecessor, first offered free and low-cost heath care at the Miller Hospital. In 1971, when Miller Hospital and Saint Luke’s Hospital merged and became United Hospital, we became the hospital’s Helping Hand Health Center under the direction of Dr. Tim Rumsey. Just over 20 years later, in 1992, the Helping Hand Health Center, with its vision to serve those facing economic hardship and those without access to adequate health services, merged with another of United Hospital’s clinics to form the United Family Practice Health Center.

“I love the clinic’s holistic, caring approach.”

In 1993, we began the United Family Medicine Residency Program, thereby endorsing our goal not only to serve but to teach. Our community-oriented primary care program offers our medical residents quality experiences while improving the health of our patients and the broader community.

The United Family Practice Health Center operated under the umbrella of United Hospital and within the Allina Health System until 2004, when we earned our status as a freestanding Federally Qualified Health Center look-alike (FQHC-la). Although United Family Medicine has changed locations and affiliations over the past 70 years, we have retained our mission to promote access to comprehensive, patient-centered primary health care among low income and medically underserved Saint Paul residents, embracing our neighbors of all races, cultures, ethnicities and income levels.

In 2009, we moved into a new state-of-the-art facility at Randolph Avenue and West 7th Street, which is less than a mile away from and twice as large as our previous building. Our new facility allows us to expand our services, provide an excellent work environment for our staff, meet the health-care demands of our growing community and contribute to the vitality of a core area of Saint Paul.


2015 Fact Sheet
United Family Medicine

United Family Medicine