New York State Senate Honors Reverend Jeanette J. Phillips, Founding Mother of Hudson River Health Care

Peekskill, NY – One of the Founding Mothers of Hudson River Health Care – a network of 43 nonprofit community health centers in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City – was recognized Monday in Peekskill by State Senator Peter Harckham and Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey.

Reverend Jeanette J. Phillips received a proclamation in her honor from the New York State Senate in recognition of her lifetime of service and pioneering contributions to community-based health care in New York State. The proclamation was considered by the full State Senate in February and presented to Reverend Phillips Monday at the HRHCare Peekskill health center which bears her name – the HRHCare Jeanette J. Phillips Health Center.

In 1975, Reverend Phillips and three of her fellow Peekskill residents co-founded a community health center called the Peekskill Area Ambulatory Health Center. The four Founding Mothers – as they are affectionately known today – launched the center to fulfill the unmet health care needs of their community. Forty-four years later, that single location in Peekskill has grown into Hudson River Health Care, the largest network of community health centers in New York State, providing services to over 225,000 people annually in the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and all five boroughs.

Reverend Phillips is an icon of the Peekskill community. In addition to serving as the Executive Vice President of Community Development at HRHCare, she is an Associate Minister at Park Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and is deeply involved in local community-based organizations that focus on youth development and education in Peekskill. She has been honored for her accomplishments on numerous occasions, including by the Hudson Gateway Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson Valley Women’s Association and Friends. In 2015, the health center in Peekskill, which she founded, was re-named in her honor as the HRHCare Jeanette J. Phillips Health Center.

“In her long, remarkably productive life, Rev. Jeanette Phillips has shown what it means to give back to your community. From her founding of HRHCare, to her serving the ministry, to her deep involvement with local youth and commitment to education, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who has made more of a difference in the lives of so many. I salute Rev. Phillips for her outstanding achievements and thank her for her selfless devotion to community,” said State Senator Peter Harckham.

“Rev. Phillips is a testament to what is possible when you are committed to the well-being of your community.  Words cannot express the gratitude the City of Peekskill feels for what Rev. Phillips has accomplished through her love of community and perseverance,” said Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey.

 “I am truly humbled and honored to receive this proclamation,” said Rev. Jeannette J. Phillips, HRHCare Founding Mother and EVP “We appreciate your continued support as we look forward to find new ways to serve the Peekskill community and all our patients.”

About Hudson River Health Care

Founded over 40 years ago as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) is one of the nation’s largest community health providers. The HRHCare network of 43 health centers throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island provides affordable, accessible care to over 225,000 patients annually. The network’s exceptional primary care practitioners, specialists, and support staff have made HRHCare a destination for convenient, high-quality care for all. In 2018, Brightpoint Health, an FQHC network with sites in all five boroughs of New York City, joined HRHCare.

Contact: John Tomlin –, 914-703-1655

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