Rural Health Center in Nesquehoning
Rural Health Center Opens in Nesquehoning
Facility to provide easy access to quality health care
Representatives from St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital and public officials celebrated the opening of St. Luke's Miners Health Center in Nesquehoning today. The ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the Health Center, which began accepting patients in mid-December, 2007.
“St. Luke's Miners Health Center is the first of its kind in the area,” according to William Crossin, president, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital. The Health Center provides easy access to quality health care in the area that includes Summit Hill, Nesquehoning, Lansford and Coaldale and surrounding communities. The Health Center will provide health care coverage to a primary area with more than 3,500 local patients, and according to PA Department of Health projections, an additional 10,000 patients from surrounding areas with nurse practitioners providing this primary care.
“This is an outstanding opportunity to bring quality health care to the community,” said Karen J. Smith, CRNP, Vice President of Patient Services at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital. “No patient will be denied access to health care at this practice.” Smith is the Administrator of the new Health Center and is a board-certified family nurse practitioner.
The St. Luke's Miners Health Center opened with two main goals:
- To improve access to primary health care in rural, underserved communities and
- To promote a model of health care delivery using physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants
“The Health Center gives our highly-trained, highly-skilled nurse practitioners and physician's assistants the chance to use all their ability to help provide care,” said State Representative Keith McCall. He added, “While community-based efforts like this make a real difference, I want to let you know that we're working in Harrisburg to improve access to quality, affordable health care for everyone in Pennsylvania.”
According to James Greenfield, DO, the Health Center is accepting new patients of all ages and accepts all insurances, including Medicaid. “The Health Center served more patients in the first month than we initially anticipated. We welcome patients seeking wellness check ups, immunizations, sick visits and health maintenance screenings. Full lab services also are available,” Dr. Greenfield said.
Senator Raphael Musto celebrated the accomplishment of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital with the opening of the Health Center. “The opening of St. Luke's Miners Health Center is clearly beneficial and important to the citizens of the area,” said Senator Musto. He added, “This is a leading-edge effort to bring quality primary health care to an underserved area. I am pleased that St. Luke's is showing their commitment to helping people when they need it the most.”
“This latest service of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital is another example of the hospital's mission in action,” said John Tracy, Chairman, Board of Trustees St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital. “For nearly 100 years, the hospital has looked at the needs of the surrounding communities and found the time and talent to address those needs. Over the years, we have witnessed many examples from wound care, to physical therapy and rehabilitation, to women's health services, to state-of-the-art radiology, to urgent care services. It is our privilege and our responsibility to be the health care resource in areas where it is needed the most.”
Deputy Secretary Michael Huff, from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, also was on hand to speak about the statewide significance of the Rural Health Center and how it fits into the Governor's priorities.
St. Luke's Miners Health Center is located at 108 West Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. For more information or to make an appointment, the St. Luke's Miners Health Center can be reached at 570-669-9787.