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St Lukes Opens Health Center in Hometown

St. Luke's Opens Health Center in Hometown

Second facility of its kind to provide easy access to quality health care

COALDALE, PA – (11/21/2008) – Representatives from St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital and public officials celebrated the grand opening of St. Luke's Miners Health Center in Hometown today. The ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the Health Center, which began accepting patients in mid-September 2008.

St. Luke's Miners Health Center – Hometown is the second facility of its kind in the area. The hospital opened the first location, in Nesquehoning, in December 2007. Current patients and residents in the local communities now have the ease of accessing quality health care at either location.

The Health Centers 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. A physician and physician's assistants provide additional care required of the patients.

The St. Luke's Miners Health Centers were opened with two main goals:

  • To improve access to primary health care in rural, underserved communities and
  • Promote a model of health care delivery using physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

“Based on the patient base we have built at our Nesquehoning Health Center in less than a year, it was obvious the need existed to open a second location in Hometown. And when the opportunity presented itself to open the second Health Center and bring quality health care to more members of the community, we couldn't wait to move forward,” said Karen J. Smith, RN, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, Vice President, Patient Care Services at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital and Administrator of St. Luke's Miners Health Centers. She added, “Being able to open this center to fill the needs of our area residents who may not have easily received this care otherwise, while utilizing my nursing, administrative and clinical skills is so rewarding.”

The facility's Nurse Practitioners will provide a broad range of health care services to all patients, six months of age to older adults, while maintaining a close working relationship with physicians. Wellness exams, sick visits, immunizations and lab work are all services provided by the highly-skilled staff at St. Luke's Miners Health Center. The Health Center is accepting new patients and accepts all insurances, including Medicaid. As a patient of the Health Center, people benefit from preventive measures, follow up care and continuity of care. The Nurse Practitioners may serve as the regular health care provider for children and adults during health and illness. They are able to follow each patient through the hospital system should they need care beyond what is offered in the Health Center, i.e. hospitalization, physical therapy, home care, etc.

"St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital has a proud tradition of providing quality health care services," State Representative David Argall said. "This new facility will make health care services more affordable and accessible for local residents. Patients can receive quality care without paying the premium for visiting an emergency room for routine services. St. Luke's continues to take steps to meet the needs - both medically and financially - of their patients, and that is the sign of a good community partner."

Stanley Costello, Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital added, “It is our privilege and responsibility to bring quality health care to the community where it is needed the most. The hospital continues to look at the needs of the surrounding communities and finds the time and talent to address those needs. This latest service of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital shows the continuation of the hospital's mission in action.”

St. Luke's Miners Health Center is located at 253 Claremont Avenue (Route 309 – between McDonalds and Walmart) in Hometown. The Health Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, with lab hours from 8 am to 11 am on Wednesday. Walk-in and scheduled appointments are available.

For more information or to make an appointment, the St. Luke's Miners Health Center – Hometown can be reached at 570-668-6111.