About Us

Our History

Access to quality medical care is fundamental to the overall health of the community. We are proud of our rich history of serving the community. We have been here for more than four decades, and you can count on us to be here in the future.

We were known as Wake Health Services for 45 years, and as we move forward with a new identity–Advance Community Health–we are still committed to eliminating barriers to care and helping our patients, and the community, move forward.

Below is a summary of our beginnings and growth throughout Wake and Franklin counties. We are continuing to expand care by adding more facilities, services and partnerships to make healthcare accessible for all.

  • 1972 Tarboro Road Family Medicine
  • 1975 Apex Family Medicine
  • 1987 Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless
  • 1996 Burroughs Pediatrics
  • 1997 Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine
  • 2000 Southern Wake Family Medicine
  • 2002 New Bern Ridge Pediatrics and Dental Center
  • 2008 South Wilmington Outreach Center
  • 2008 Franklin Community Health Services
  • 2015 Southeast Raleigh expansion, Rock Quarry Road

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Advance Community Health (ACH), formerly Wake Health Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1972. ACH receives federal funds under Section 330 of the Public Health Services Act. ACH receives its federal funding to operate as both a Community Health Center and a Health Care for the Homeless Program. ACH is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of majority patients and community representatives. Advance Community Health was formed as Wake Health Services in July 1972. The key purpose was to address the primary health care needs of the citizens of Wake County who did not have access to care. The first medical center to open was the Tarboro Road office, and the first patient was seen in July 1973. In October 1973, a second facility began operations on Falstaff Road. The Falstaff Road office moved to Wade Avenue in July 1977, and then to Jones Street in October 1991.

Advance Community Health-Administrative Office

Originally housed on New Bern Avenue in 1972, the Administrative office moved to Haworth Drive in 1974 and to Wade Avenue in 1977. The office moved to Highwoods in North Raleigh in 1988 and into the vacated medical practice on Tarboro Road in 1997. The Administrative office is currently housed in the former Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine building on our new Southeast Raleigh Medical Campus.

Advance Community Health-Apex (Formerly Apex Family Medicine)

The practice began operating in April 1975 as a Family Practice on Hunter Street in Apex. The medical center relocated to S. Salem Street in March 1992.

Advance Community Health-Louisburg (Formerly Franklin Community Health Services)

Wake Health Services began providing services in Franklin County in May 2008. The family practice was temporarily located in Franklinton, NC but moved to its permanent location in Louisburg in June 2009.

Advance Community Health-Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless Program

The Horizon Healthcare for the Homeless Program was established in October 1987 through a management contract with the County Health Department. The Program was originally located in a mobile van at the Salvation Army and moved to the Cornerstone building in downtown Raleigh in December 1998. The name, Horizon Health Center, was adopted in December 2000 when WHSI assumed full responsibility for the medical practice. Horizon moved to  Tarboro Road in January 2002, and moved to Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine in March 2011. In 2015, the program moved over to our Southeast Raleigh Medical Campus. As part of our outreach program, we serve patients at the South Wilmington Street Center and at the Women’s Center of Wake County.

Advance Community Health Family Dental Center (Formerly New Bern Ridge Dental Center)

Wake Health Services began providing dental services in January 2002. The Dental Center opened the summer of 2002 at 2620 New Bern Avenue. The Dental Center previously served as the home of Wake Smiles, a volunteer program sponsored by the Raleigh/Wake County Dental Society. In 2014, Wake Smiles moved to The Salvation Army; in 2015, Advance Community Health Family Dental Center moved to our Southeast Raleigh Medical Campus.

Advance Community Health- Pediatrics (Formerly New Bern Ridge Pediatrics)

Wake Health Services acquired Burroughs Pediatrics in January 1996. In April 2002, Burroughs Pediatrics moved to 2620 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh and was renamed New Bern Ridge Pediatrics. In 2015, New Bern Ridge Pediatrics moved to our Southeast Raleigh Medical Campus and became part of Advance Community Health.

Advance Community Health- Southeast Raleigh (Formerly Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine)

The medical center was established in May 1997 as a result of the merging of WHSI’s Tarboro Road and Jones Street practices. In 2015, Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine moved into the new building on our Southeast Raleigh Medical Campus and became part of Advance Community Health.

Advance Community Health- Fuquay-Varina (Formerly Southern Wake Family Medicine)

The practice opened in May 2000 in Wake County’s Southern Regional Center in Fuquay-Varina. 

Doris Batts-Murray, MD


“I feel that everyone regardless of financial standing, should have access to quality medical care delivered with care and respect.”

Doris Batts-Murray, MD