Our History


WNCCHS History:

1993, a group of community activists, led by Carlos Gomez, Minnie Jones, and Dr. Polly Ross, formed a non-governmental organization that met the definition of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

April of 1994: Opened the Kenilworth Wellness Center (a day health program for persons with AIDS) at the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC. 

1995: Received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act (then Ryan White Care Act), to provide comprehensive HIV medical care to persons living in the seventeen westernmost counties of NC.

1996: Opened the Minnie Jones Family Health Center in the Pisgah View Apartments-Buncombe County's largest public housing development.

1998: Inaugurated the Ridgelawn Health Center, a newly built, 4,000 square feet clinic in West Asheville. We opened our services to all persons - regardless of diagnosis.

2002: Obtained designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike.

2007: Obtained designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center funding from HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care. 

2010: Entered into a partnership with Buncombe County government to provide comprehensive primary health and oral health care to low-income County residents. Moved into the Minnie Jones Health Center, 257 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC  28801.

2016: Achieved Patient Center Medical Home certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.  This designation demonstrated WNCCHS commitment to providing high quality primary care for our patients.


Minnie Jones Health Center

257 Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, North Carolina 28801


Tel:  828-285-0622

Fax: 828-285-9831









8am - 5pm

8am - 5pm

8am - 5pm

8am - 5pm

8am - 5pm



* The Pharmacy is open until      6:55pm Monday through Thursday

*We CANNOT schedule appointments or respond to medical requests via email.

This health center  receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.

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