Giving Back for the Holidays


An important lesson in life we must all appreciate is that there are always other people who face tougher challenges than our own. Challenges can surface in various facets of our lives, whether it be for survival essentials such as food, clothing, and shelter or for factors of social mobility such as access to education, gainful employment, and healthcare. Many times we take for granted what others may struggle for. In order to walk out our values of treating all patients and each other with dignity and respect, we desire to reduce life's difficulties by doing our part to give back to the community. 

Giving back has been the core of our operation for the past 50 years, underscored by our sincere desire make a significant positive change in someone’s life. As a way to thank the community who makes our operation successful, Spectrum staff enjoyed time together to celebrate each other, show appreciation for a strong 50th year of service, and in the spirit of giving, pool our resources to collect toys and gift cards to give as holiday presents to select families.

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At this time of year, many organizations host thoughtful holiday gatherings. We want to share our holiday photos to show how our gatherings and community giving reflect the lifelong lessons of empathy and compassion that we commit to pay forward to the City of Brotherly Love for the next 50 years and beyond. Have a safe holiday and happy new year!

College: Everything You Want to Know

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Spectrum Health supports the community with information that will support our academic health which fortifies our physical, mental, emotional and social health. On Thursday, December 28th, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas | Anderson Hall will host both  College: Everything You Want to Know - An Informal & Informative Info Session An Informal & Informative Info Session and College: Everything You Want to Know - What Parents Should Know About College.

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Located at 6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151, these events enable participants to hear from and talk to current college students and recent college graduates about various aspects of college life and life after college. There will be a separate discussion at the same time hosted by parents of college students and recent graduates, and food will be served.

For more information or to rsvp for either event, contact by 12/27/2017.

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prepping for Flu Season



In October, Spectrum Health Services recognized National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in order to encourage communities, partner organizations, and families to spread the word about the importance of mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer.  With breast cancer being the second most common kind of cancer in women and approximately 1 of 8 American women slated to contract it in their life, the urgency abounds.  However, though very rare, men can get breast cancer as well.

Spectrum is glad to share that most victims can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Swelling, redness, soreness, or general pain on one or both sides of the pectoral muscles
  • Lumps, nodes, or an increase in size or change in shape of the breast(s)
  • Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples such as peeling or flaking or overall change in breast color
  •  Redness or pitting of the breast skin (like the skin of an orange)
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Irritated or itchy breasts

Spectrum encouraged the employees to wear pink to commemorate the day as the staff learned more about the condition that has touched the lives of its family members and is affecting a handful of its patients.

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Influenza aka "the flu" is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and if left unchecked, even death. Every Flu season, typically October thru May, sees different trends and its symptoms affect people around the globe differently because of various strains of flu viruses. The reason people call the various strains "the flu" instead of being more specific to the strain is because each of the viruses function more or less the same around the same time of year.

The Flu viruses typically enter the body through the eyes, nose and mouth then causes infections in the upper respiratory system (nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes, lungs). It could eventually lead to more serious issues such as severe flu infection and viral pneumonia or viral  infections in other organs.

A lot of patients who have immunological diseases, or an organ transplant, have cancer or other conditions may not be strong enough to get a flu vaccine, but if those around them who are vaccinated can develop a "herd immunity," so that the few people who may not be able to get the vaccine will not get infected.



The flu shot may not fully prevent a person from getting the flu; the vaccine's purpose is to reduce the number of severe flu illnesses that result in hospital visits. Hence, a vaccinated person will not get as sick as as someone who is not vaccinated. 

Spectrum Health Services encourages the community to be educated about breast cancer as well as get their flu shots, and the Spectrum staff leads by example. Click here to see Spectrum's Breast Cancer Awareness & Flu Shot photos. 

For more information on Influenza and flu vaccinations, click here

For more information on breast cancer awareness, click here

Spectrum Attends the Philly Heart Walk 2017

Photo courtesy of @AHAPhilly & @NBCPhiladelphia

Photo courtesy of @AHAPhilly & @NBCPhiladelphia

On Saturday Nov. 4, a small team of Spectrum Health Services staff joined in The Philadelphia Heart Walk, a team-building event focused on raising heart rates while raising funds and awareness about  America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.

More than 15,000 members of the community joined family, friends, and co-workers walked the 3-mile trail around Philadelphia's iconic Citizen's Bank Park in honor of a loved one who struggled with the ailments, showing their commitment to leading healthy lifestyles. 

The event closed with a kid and pet-friendly festival with loads of activities, refreshments, and live entertainment.

For event photos, click here!

For more information on #PhillyHeartWalk from our friends at the American Heart Association, click here!

Spectrum Health Services, Inc. Celebrates 50 years of Service


Spectrum Health Services, Inc. (Spectrum), celebrated 50 years of primary health care service to the residents of Philadelphia at the Crystal Tea Room on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The celebration was attended by more than 350 guests and featured founding board members Trudy Haynes and William Brown, III, Esq. (pictured) the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake, president, Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Access to Care Honoree), William H. Brown, Esq. (founding board member), Trudy Haynes, founder. Standing L-R, Glenn Ellis, Sr., master of ceremonies for the evening, Phyllis B. Cater, Spectrum president & CEO and Cleosie Kirkland, Spectrum board of directors, chairman.

- Leaping Lion photo as seen in SCOOP - Friday, Sept. 29, 2017


September 29, 2017 by PIDCphila

PIDC had the privilege of attending the 50th Anniversary celebration of its client Spectrum Health Services, Inc. At which they also honored 50 Community Gems whose work aligns with their mission. PIDC’s Marla Hamilton was among those being honored.

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Spectrum is celebrating 50 years of service as a healthcare provider in the City of Philadelphia. Its model of integrated care provides services for all life-cycles and addresses the complexity of medical and social/economic issues facing its patients and the residents in the communities served. Its range of services include: Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, Adult Health, Dental, HIV/AIDS Outreach and Primary Care, Case Management, Behavioral Health, Nutrition and Care Coordination. Among its crowning achievements is the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. state of the art Silver LEED certified building in West Philadelphia which serves as the headquarters and flagship for the organization. PIDC provided financing for the construction of this project.

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New Center Opening Fall 2015

Grays Ferry Education and Wellness Center


1325-49 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146


Grays Ferry's only mid-rise commercial office building. Designed to house a host of social and medical services, this building is targeting tenants that will benefit the quality of life of the residents of the Grays Ferry community and Philadelphia. Join first class tenants such as Family Support Services and Spectrum Health.

Ownership is providing turn-key fit out solutions to qualified tenants. The property is undergoing a large scale redevelopment that will include new façade, new elevators, expanded roof top access and updated mechanical and electrical services. Delivering the fist tenant spaces in June, 2015.

Located in South Philadelphia, Grays Ferry is part of a resurgence of redevelopment with Philadelphia's largest institutions like UPenn and CHOP leading the way. This property is the only opportunity in the area to secure quality commercial office space. Located adjacent to a 3 acre park and with superior access to public transportation and area roadways, the James Alcorn Education and Wellness Center will be a high-traffic solution for office users and providers.

Spectrum Health Services, Inc. will occupy the 3rd floor.  Stay turn for more updates on the completion of this site.

Spectrum Health Services Completing the Capital Stack

Phyllis B. Cater, Spectrum Health Services, CEO
PIDC Philadelphia's Public-Private Economic Development Corporation


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IBC Foundation recognizes Spectrum Health Services, Inc. for 47 years of Community Service

IBC Foundation

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation will join the staff and leadership at Spectrum Health Center to celebrate National Health Center Week, which runs August 10-16. Independence Blue Cross and the IBC Foundation have together supported local community health centers for more than a decade, providing $20 million in funding for 46 community health centers throughout the five-county region, including Spectrum Health Services.

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Philadelphia Health Center Awarded for Service to Underserved

The Philadelphia Tribune

In celebration of National Health Center Week, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation officials have recognized the staff and leadership at Spectrum Health Services for its community service.  IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake presented Spectrum president and CEO Phyllis Cater with a plaque this week for the organization’s work in providing health care services.

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Philadelphia Health Center Awarded for Service to Underserved

The Philadelphia Tribune

In celebration of National Health Center Week, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation officials have recognized the staff and leadership at Spectrum Health Services for its community service.  IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake presented Spectrum president and CEO Phyllis Cater with a plaque this week for the organization’s work in providing health care services.

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Spectrum Health Services, Inc. Opens New Community Health Center

PIDC Philadelphia's Public-Private Economic Development Corporation

On September 27, 2013 Spectrum Health Services, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new community health center in West Philadelphia. The event was widely attended by community members, elected officials and press. Although there was much enthusiasm at the groundbreaking in August of 2012, nothing could top the excitement in the air when the ribbon was cut to officially welcome the new facility to the neighborhood.

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Spectrum Health Opens New Facility

Phyllis B. Cater, Spectrum Health Services, CEO
The Philadelphia Tribune

We had maxed out our space so we couldn’t grow, so we couldn’t add staff. We couldn’t add services. It was important for the organization that if we were going to continue serving our community that we needed to have more space.

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IBC Foundation supports Spectrum Community Health Center during National Health Center Week


In recognition of National Health Center Week August 11-17The Independence Blue Cross Foundation will present a check for $75,000 to Spectrum Health Service Inc. (SHS) in Philadelphia to support a new community health center in West Philadelphia. The Center will replace the existing Haddington Health Center.

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