About Us

Learn about Radius

Compassionate Care Without Barriers

The need for a new name came with our evolution. While the name is new, we’re still eliminating barriers to care. And we continually seek better health and well-being for all Edmontonians.

Our original goal remains relevant: offer accessible, comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary care. We look at the whole person and include them in decisions about their health care.

Through our doors, individuals access primary care at no cost. We’re a judgement-free space welcoming all to connect with physical and mental health care, dental care, addiction services and social support.

As Edmonton’s only non-profit, community-owned and operated health centre, Radius plays a critical role. We are an island of compassion, dignity and extraordinary care for those challenged by adversity. Many do not have anywhere to turn. We treat all visitors with warmth and respect and turn nobody away. Through our team’s passion, we deliver more care per square foot than any other organization in Alberta.

The bonds we form with our clients speak volumes. We strive to make a meaningful impact that radiates throughout our city, improving health outcomes and quality of life for everyone we serve.


Serving Our Communities

We primarily serve the Edmonton communities of Boyle Street, McCauley and Norwood. That said, we turn nobody away–it’s that simple. While our focus is primary health care, embedded in that broad theme are services and supports for addictions and mental health. Individual needs are often complex, and as a result, our greatest successes are built around the long-term trust and understanding built among clients and staff.

We provide crucial primary health services to those who face multiple barriers to accessing health services, including:

  • Ethnicity
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness / lack of appropriate housing
  • Addictions
  • Mental illness
  • Literacy and education levels
  • Social isolation and lack of social supports
  • No Alberta Health Care coverage

Our History

In 1979, a group of Medical Mission Sisters took up the challenge to organize a community health centre. The Boyle McCauley Health Centre, now Radius, was Alberta’s first community-based health centre.

Dedicated supporters of the concept created the range of services we provide. Their understanding of the complexity of Edmonton’s inner city still inspires us. Four decades later, we continue to adapt services for the changing needs of our community.

Our early innovations within the community health centre model are now mainstream in primary care. It’s now much more common to use nurse practitioners, interdisciplinary teams and alternative payment plans.

We thank the community that made it possible: Dr. James Howell, residents, inner city agencies, city and provincial departments and hundreds of volunteers.

We are fortunate to maintain a vital partnership with the Primary Care Division of Alberta Health Services.

Guiding Principles

Our Mission

Through primary care and health promotion, Radius improves the quality of life and well-being of populations and individuals who face multiple barriers to accessing health services.

We achieve this by providing the highest standard of evidence-informed and client-focused interprofessional care. We collaborate with our clients to address the broad determinants of health.

Our Values

The operation of Radius reflects professionalism, accountability and service excellence. In
collaboration with our community and agency partners, and with a commitment to equitable access
and innovation, we increase the well-being of those facing multiple barriers to health care.

  • Diversity

    We value the uniqueness, dignity and worth of all persons.

  • Service Excellence

    We aim to deliver exceptional programs and services, to be a leader in our community and to recognize excellence in our staff and volunteers.

  • Compassion

    We commit to alleviating the suffering of others.

  • Collaboration

    We work together in interdisciplinary teams and in partnerships with other community organizations.

  • Responsiveness

    We actively seek ways to remain responsive to the unique and changing needs of clients.

  • Accessibility

    We are committed to encouraging the participation of individuals and groups facing systemic barriers to health care, believing that our programs and services should be available to those struggling to access health services.

  • Professionalism

    We treat our clients, community members, volunteers and each other with respect and dignity.

  • Accountability

    The Board and staff uphold the highest standards of integrity and accountability, so that our actions are responsible and our decisions transparent.

  • Innovation

    We are committed to lifelong learning, continuous improvement and teaching.


Board of Directors


Tricia Smith

Executive Director

Selikke Janes-Kelly


Pilar Martinez


Jodie Graham


Tamara Stock


Barbara Brady-Fryer


Noella Cardinal


Scott McKeen


Marisa Etmanski

Vice Chair

Alan Markewicz


Susan Sommerfeldt