Owensville Primary Care’s roots go back to the late 1960’s when a group of dynamic neighbors joined together in an effort to bring affordable health care services to our rural Southern Anne Arundel County. This drive was quickly taken up as a vital cause by the Community Action Agency who helped turn this vision into reality.
In 1974 they contracted volunteer staffing from the Howard University Medical School to deliver health care services out of Owensville Elementary School, an historic 100 year-old schoolhouse in Owensville. It took 2 years to obtain enough funding to build a new facility next to the schoolhouse.
Thanks to strong community support and a HUD Neighborhood Facility Grant, a fully-equipped medical building was opened for business in 1976. To operate this facility, the South County Family Health Care Corporation was formed and oversaw many years of transition and growth.
In 1997 Owensville Primary Care partnered with the Johns Hopkins Health Systems and seven other federally qualified community health centers to make up the Priority Partners Managed Care Organization. In 1999 we also became part of the Community Health Integrated Partnership enabling us to pool resources and talents with seven other health centers in Maryland.
Owensville Primary Care has undergone many transitions since our opening. And as the decades passed we have also grown in importance to the South County community becoming a trusted source for medical services, patient care, health education, and support.
Today Owensville Primary Care is led by our Chief Executive Officer, Sylvia Jennings, who first served as a board member in 1981. A very dedicated group of 13 local citizens comprise the Board of Directors who govern the organization ensuring that it strictly adheres to the highest possible nonprofit, legal and health industry standards.
Our history boasts a proud legacy of neighbor helping neighbor. Our commitment to improving the health of our community has been of life-saving value to South Anne Arundel County – one that we plan to continue in the decades to come.