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The BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers (BMS) delivers quality services and comprehensive programs to over 17,000 residents in East and Central Brooklyn (New York).  BMS provides a wide array of services that address and prevent health conditions, as well as strategies to empower our community through education, coordination, and advocacy. 

92% of patients rate us "Excellent" or "Good" on feedback surveys!


BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers provide and promote integrative and high-quality health care and social services to enable every individual and family in the communities we serve to achieve Total Health and Wellness.



Our vision is to ignite a total health and wellness revolution that creates significant and lasting positive change in the communities we serve.

BMS’s roots go back to a founding Leadership who were part of the Brownsville Community Council (BCC) established in the 60s with the aim of organizing and empowering residents to develop responses to problems rooted in the radical community shift that started back in the 1950s. It was this group of community organizers who were on the frontlines of the activism that led to the Brownsville Teachers Strike. The Brownsville Community Development Corporation (BCDC) emerged in 1974, the first Community Development Corporation that came out of the federal anti-poverty initiative and the umbrella organization which later opened BMS in 1982. That decision was driven by a community survey where residents identified health care as their number one priority. BCDC created BMS as a federally qualified health center in order to provide service regardless of ability to pay, immigration or health insurance status. As part of our founding BCDC successfully advocated with Brooklyn Legal A to New York State Legislators to allow access to healthcare capital dollars for development by non-profits, not just hospitals – a change that paved the way for increases in healthcare access statewide. Today BMS provides for and seeks to inspire the cultural, economic, medical, and educational well-being of every individual and family in its communities. About Our Founder: Joseph Francois Joseph Francois was the former Chief Executive Officer of BCDC and the founding Executive Director of BMS. Mr. Francois, who passed away on July 13, 2003, was a tireless and passionate advocate for the people of Brownsville, Ocean Hill, and East New York. It was his leadership and vision that shaped the corporation’s mission as a social change agent. His legacy is in our every achievement. On May 11, 2006, the BMS Health & Wellness Centers (BMS) held a dedication ceremony during which BMS renamed one of its seven service sites as the “BMS Life & Wellness Center: The Joseph K. Francois Pavilion,” in honor of our late founding executive director of BMS.

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Our original logo still serves as the foundation upon which we developed updated branding.


BMS is led by a group of outstanding professionals committed to providing equitable and culturally sensitive health
services to the most underserved people of Brownsville and East New York. The BMS staff is composed of 250+ highly qualified clinical staff of multiple cultural, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, many of them part of the community that BMS has served for over 45 years. Our President/CEO since 2009, Harvey Lawrence, recently honored with the prestigious National Association of Community Health Centers Lifetime Achievement Award, has retired and passed the baton on to Michelle Everett-Oxley. Thank you for your unwavering dedication and guidance.

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Michelle Everett-Oxley




Lawrence Martin
Chief Operating Officer



Camille Taylor Mullings 

Chief Medical Officer



Edmund Awuah CPA, CGMA 

Chief Financial Officer



Mitchell Wolff 

Finance Department


Responsible for designing, maintaining, and providing oversight of the organization’s financial internal control structure the financial books and records, budget reporting internally and externally.

Alison Brown 

Director of Nursing


Directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of the nursing regimen for BMS, involving health maintenance, patient education, and diagnosis and treatment of responses to actual and potential health problems.

Coreen London Mitchell 

Managing Director of Talent Learning and People


Leads the human resources team and ensures that human capital-related policies and strategies are developed timely and uniformly implemented and applied across the organization.

Ms. Astrid Carl, MBA, FACHE

Director of Credentialing


Leads the human resources team and ensures that human capital-related policies and strategies are developed timely and uniformly implemented and applied across the organization.


Renee Muir

Managing Director of Development

Public Affairs & Health Equity  


Oversees strategy development, growth of the organization, grant writing and donors' engagement, community relations, public affairs, management of stakeholder partnerships, and community wellness programs.

Hildegarde Reimers 

Managing Director of Quality 

& Risk Management 


Responsible for the overall administration of quality and risk management, managed care, value-based initiatives, shared savings arrangements, patient-related services incentives and all patient services reimbursement contracts.

Guy Marthone

Managing Director Health Information, RCM, Technology & Telecommunication, and Health Information Systems


Responsible for organizing, overseeing, and protecting patient health information data which includes symptoms, diagnoses, medical histories, test results, and procedures.

Genese Morgan

Senior Project & Business Manager, Fund Development & 

Special Projects


Responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operations of the organization with a focus on capital and special projects.


From our start with one clinical location, BMS had grown to operate out of ten service sites throughout Brownsville and East New York, employing more than 250 professional and support staff, many of them community residents. We are the second largest non-government employer in Brownsville and our staff serve 17,000 patients annually amounting to over 85,000 patient visits. 


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70% Black/Afro Latinx

15% Latinx

15% Multi racial


Healthcare Access


Healthcare visits

Insurance Aid


Patients assisted



Pounds of emergency food*

*COVID Services, 2020

WIC Nutrition


Residents served

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As a comprehensive Federally Qualified Health Center, BMS carried out outstanding work addressing the disproportionate impact on health and social needs, and consequences that our communities endured over the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We quickly pivoted to provide informative outreach, telehealth, testing, food, supplies, and locally accessible vaccinations to all, including incentives for hesitant segments of the communities.


BMS undertakes considerable efforts to plan and implement capital projects to expand access to high-quality healthcare. From one clinic site in Rockaway Avenue, we have grown to three clinical locations and over seven service points offering specialized care and social services. BMS has developed strong relationships with public, private, and community-based partners to bring in capital investment for the construction of long-lasting facilities.

Oral Care Expansion

BMS Dental @Bristol   

Since 1988, BMS Dental grew from  one to three dental practices - BMS Dental@Main, BMS Dental@Genesis and BMS Dental@Ashford, for a total of 12 dental operatories. The 2022 opening of our BMS Dental@Bristol increased our exam room capacity by 10 dental operatories. BMS will re-open the BMS Dental@Genesis site for a total of 15 dental operatories. BMS Dental@Bristol includes: 

  • State of the Art Design 

  • 10 examination rooms  

  • Full-service oral healthcare 

  • Electronic dental records  


Primary Medical Care Expansion

BMS Genesis Expansion 

  • 5 Additional examination rooms and wellness center, as well as many other amenities.

BMS at Affordable Housing Development  

BMS Express@Dumont Urgent Care operated by BMS is located within Van Dyke III, a twelve-story affordable and supportive housing development in Brownsville. 

Workforce Training 

BMS Workforce and Training Center 

This project will bring workforce training resources to our communities to support residents skills building to move them out of poverty. This location will provide a wide range of education, training, and resources on health, wellness, and community economic development. It will provide direct connections to BMS’s ever-growing employment referral network, and cultivate the next generation of health care industry workers. 


Urgent Care Expansion

BMS Express@Dumont Urgent Care

This state-of-the-art facility adds an intercessory level of episodic care and an access point to transform the behaviors of those who currently frequent emergency rooms. Incorporated into the care model will be enhanced care coordination and referrals to ensure patient follow-up, primary care, social services, and behavioral health. It is located within affordable and supportive housing Van Dyke III in Brownsville. The new site includes: 

  • 6 exam rooms with a nursing station for medical treatment  

  • 1 mammography room

  • 1 x-ray diagnostic room 

  • 1 phlebotomy room 


Wellness Centers

BMS @Dumont Wellness Studio

Separate wellness center flexible space for local activities and health education events in the Dumont Van Dyke housing development.


BMS Main Medical and Wellness Hub 

BMS will develop a new 50,000SF facility adjacent to 592 Rockaway Avenue. The facility will add approximately 24 new exam rooms for adult medicine, dental, pediatric, ophthalmology and OB/GYN; and relocate specialty services such as pulmonology, nephrology, gastroenterology and cardiology for better accessibility. Social services and behavioral health expansions will better diagnose and serve needs, and a telemedicine suite will aid care coordination and referrals. Diagnostic imagining services, an expanded physical therapy department and placement of the WIC program in the clinical environment will allow easy access for pediatric patients and families. BMS will also have a larger medical lab and provide space for patient education and group visits, health care enrollment, financial services, clothing and food distribution, a kiosk for program partners to deliver onsite services, discounted pharmacy services through the 340B program and create much-needed parking for staff.

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BMS Community Development Funders Include:

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BMS is recognized excellence in providing total health and wellness, and quality care. 

We are pleased to announce that in 2022 BMS Received the following Quality Awards:.


Joint Commission Gold Seal

Silver Medal Award: Health Center Quality Leader  

Addressing Social
Risk Factors


Advancing Health

Technology (Hit)
For Quality 

Patient Centered Medical Home

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Meaningful Use Attestation

Federally Qualified Health Center

The 340b Prescription

Pricing Program

Accountable Health Organization


Health should not be a privilege and your zip code should not determine your lifespan. BMS has been a leader in developing innovative programs in partnership with community residents and stakeholders to improve health outcomes for the families we serve. 

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