History and Mission

The Story of The Clinic
Dr. Lorna B. Stuart and Reverend Marie Z. Swayze

Dr. Lorna B. Stuart and Reverend Marie Z. Swayze

Founded in 2001, The Clinic began as the dream of two women, Dr. Lorna B. Stuart and the Reverend Marie Z. Swayze, to create a medical center that would provide comprehensive healthcare to people who did not have medical insurance.

These two women were able to secure a significant donation from an anonymous donor and with this initial gift of $200,000, and in collaboration with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Phoenixville, they requested the Church Vestry’s permission to accept the gift as ‘start-up money’ for The Clinic.  Repairs were then made to the former Rectory of St. Peter’s, which the Church contributed to provide a home for The Clinic.

An additional $300,000 was raised through various contributions from the community to furnish and complete the medical facility.  St. Peter’s provided a generous lease of the building for $1.00 per year for the first ten years of operation.  The community pitched in and by donations of time and talent The Clinic was ready for operation in 2002.

The cutting edge mission of The Clinic is to provide comprehensive primary and specialty medical services to residents of Phoenixville and the surrounding environs who are without medical insurance.  The Clinic serves a population of people who truly fall through the cracks of human and social services.   They do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, and often their income is within 150% to 200% of the federal poverty level guidelines.

By the end of 2013, The Clinic will have provided medical care to our community amounting to over 100,000 patient visits.  Because of the daily work and caring dedication of our staff of 11 professionals and over 115 volunteers, The Clinic and its co-founders has been the recipient of many community and professional awards recognizing the value of our service to the community:

  •  In 2012, The American Medical Association Foundation awarded Dr. Lorna B. Stuart, with the “Pride in Profession Award” for upholding the highest ideals in the profession.     Only two physicians in the United States received this award.
  •  In 2011, Dr. Lorna B. Stuart was honored by the Chester County Commissioners with the “Women’s Empowerment Award” for empowering the women she serves.
  •  In 2010, Dr. Lorna B. Stuart was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal with the “Woman of Distinction Award.”
  •  In 2009, The Reverend Marie Z. Swayze — Phoenixville Community Health Foundation honored her as “Champion of the Community,” and that same year the Chester County Community Foundation, recognized her with the “Thanks for Caring Award,” which honored outstanding community philanthropy.

The Clinic is well-respected throughout the community, not only for the quality of care we provide, but for the dignity with which we offer care to our patients.