Mission and History

Mission Mission

OUR MISSION

To witness to God's love, known in Jesus Christ, by empowering our patients through community centered, whole-person quality health care for all, which includes those who are uninsured, underinsured, and underserved.


Mission

Our Core Values:

  • Christ-centeredness
    We believe in and are committed to Jesus Christ in all we do. We are dedicated to caring for others in the manner He cares for us, partnering with the Body of Christ.
  • Prayer
    We access God's presence through prayer and worship, celebrating our limitations and His greatness, sharing our thanks and our needs, and seeking His help and direction.
  • Responsibility
    We take responsibility for the gifts we have been given and the ministry in which we serve, seeking to efficiently use resources entrusted to us while always searching for new ways to improve.
  • Family
    We are a community in service together, united as members of God's family; respecting, sharing with, and offering support to one another.
  • Service
    We are called to compassionately serve others by providing wholeperson health care, which includes listening to needs and responding with the necessary medical, emotional, and spiritual support.
  • Wholeness
    We acknowledge our limitations, place a priority on personal growth, and seek a sustainable balance in our lives.

Compassionately serving others . . .
by providing whole-person health care

OUR HISTORY

Rev. Douglas DunderdaleRev. Douglas Dunderdale Dr. HallDr.Hall Steve Paschall, Esq.Steve Paschall, Esq. Sue Stewart, RNSue Stewart, RN Dr. Eileen BoyleDr. Eileen Boyle In 1975, the Rev. Douglas A. Dunderdale was the senior pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He began praying that God would bring a Christian healing ministry to become a part of the church.

Also in 1975, David Hall, a resident of Mt. Lebanon in Pittsburgh, graduated from MIT and entered Medical School at the University of Rochester.

For what did these two men pray? That God would call like-minded people to a ministry of healing in the urban area of Pittsburgh where God's love would be experienced through healing and care that was fundamentally different from what the world was providing. They prayed that the new Center would be open to anyone, especially the underserved and underinsured. They prayed for a Center where doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals would pray with every patient and address their whole person needs: physical, mental and spiritual.

After seven years of prayer, East Liberty Family Health Care Center was founded in 1982 in the basement of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, in the heart of East Liberty. Today, the Center has nearly 32,000 patient visits each year and has been distinctively faith-based since its inception.

They knew that healing was not just for the wealthy or insured but it is a gift of God meant for every person created in God's image.


The late Rev. Douglas Dunderdale was the founding Board Chair and served on our board until 2013.

Dr. David Hall is the founding and the current Medical Director.

Steve Paschall, Esq. is the founding Executive Director and an emeritus board member.

Sue Stewart is the founding nurse and a current Whole-Person Case Manager.

Dr. Eileen Boyle became the Center's second full-time physician in 1986. She is currently the Executive Director.