Our History


On December 1, 2011, Esperanza staff members and several hundred guests celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Hunting Park Health and Wellness Center. The new 26,000 square foot facility will eventually serve up to 7,000 patients, and provides space for many new community-based health and wellness initiatives.


In July 2011, Esperanza establishes its Department of Community Health and Wellness , led by Robert Reich, PA-C, MPAS. This new department oversees a wide range of new community-based health and wellness programs at the health center.


In May 2011, under the direction of obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Annette McDaniel-Turner, Esperanza begins its Women’s and Prenatal care practice, offering prenatal care for the first time, as well as integrated women’s health services.


On February 22, 2011, Esperanza breaks ground on its new health and wellness center at 4417 N. 6th Street in Hunting Park. At the ceremony, Esperanza staff members were joined by government officials, representatives from some 30 community churches, organizations and businesses, and many friends and neighbors from the community.


The first class of Esperanza’s Community Health Promoter program graduates in May 2010. Through this program, community residents are educated on a broad range of preventative health topics and specific clinical training that will enable them to serve as health advocates among friends and neighbors.


After an absence of nearly a decade, in July 2010 the Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is re-established in Philadelphia as a team of 10 health professions students and local church members conduct health and evangelistic outreach in the Hunting Park community. In 2011, SMI Philadelphia continues with a group of 20 students participating.


In December 2009, Esperanza is one of 85 health centers nationwide to be awarded a highly-competitive grant of $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for the construction of a new 26,000 square foot health and wellness center in the city’s Hunting Park community.


Esperanza opens its dental practice at the Kensington office, offering dental services for the first time.


In December 2007, Esperanza again relocates, moving from its Wyoming Avenue office to a newly-renovated facility at 3156 Kensington Avenue.


Several years after leaving N. 5th Street for the Wyoming Avenue office, in September 2006 Esperanza opens a new satellite office at 2940 N. 5th Street, located almost directly across the street from the original location.


Following a lengthy application process, Esperanza receives certification as a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Later that year, Esperanza receives its first annual grant funding from the Federal government as a new FQHC.


In 2005, Esperanza’s Executive Director, Susan Post, DMin, MBA, joins the staff.


With support from a Federal grant, Esperanza’s HIV Ministry (HALOS) is founded under the direction of Dr. Ramon Gadea.


As Esperanza continues to grow, the health center relocates to a new facility on Wyoming Avenue in the Juniata Park neighborhood of North Philadelphia. A “Wall of Faithfulness” is created in the entrance hallway to chronicle the hundreds of ways in which God has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate his faithfulness to Esperanza.


Esperanza’s current Medical Director, Dr. Bryan Hollinger, joins the staff.


The first-ever Summer Medical Institute (SMI) takes place at Esperanza, and subsequent SMI’s are hosted by Esperanza throughout the 1990s.


Esperanza’s founder, Dr. Carolyn Klaus, speaking at the June 16, 1989 grand opening of the health center’s initial location on N. 5th Street.