WellSpan is committed to understanding local healthcare needs and then partnering with physicians, community leaders and residents to develop innovative solutions that address identified needs and help community members achieve their health goals close to home. Key areas of focus for our community-oriented mission include:
Thousands of central Pennsylvanians have difficulty accessing the health care they need. At WellSpan, we believe that lack of sufficient health insurance should not be an obstacle for care. In 2015, WellSpan provided more than $126 million in charity and subsidized care, as well as in community programs and outreach.
We believe good health is not just the absence of illness and disease—it's a state of physical, mental and social well-being—and it's a goal for our communities that can't be achieved alone. Through key partnerships, such as Healthy Community Network, Healthy Adams County and Healthy York County Coalition, WellSpan works with community members, businesses, and health and human service organizations to share ideas and focus on programs and services that sustain and strengthen the communities where we live, work and play.
Health care is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. We recognize that needs differ not only by age and gender, but also by geography, income, ethnicity and cultural beliefs. From our York-based "For Heart's Sake" cardiovascular health program targeting African-Americans to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital's long-standing relationship with the Plain Community, which includes Old Order Amish and conservative Mennonites, WellSpan seeks to understand and develop healthcare options that allow all of our neighbors to achieve their health goals following approaches that work best for them.
At WellSpan, we believe in the power of new ideas, new approaches, new discoveries and new people. We are committed to programs that train the next generation of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Similarly, clinical research trials at WellSpan York Hospital's Emig Research Center allow us to stay abreast of new techniques to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat illness and disease.
The WellSpan community plays a vital role in supporting our charitable mission of service. For more than 100 years, our board members, staff and volunteers have joined with thousands of individuals and businesses to advance WellSpan’s mission and the important work of our four community-based foundations. Our community’s continued generosity supports our charitable mission of service and enables WellSpan to provide exceptional care for all.
Learn more about the process WellSpan uses to measure and address the needs of the communities we serve.
Community Health Needs Assessments
Every three years, we partner with like-minded community partners and local coalitions to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) for which we survey community members about their health, lifestyle behaviors, finances, access to health services and other related topics. We use these CHNA reports to identify specific community needs and develop strategies to address them.
WellSpan’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) provides a framework for the organization’s programs and activities that promote health and wellness in response to the needs identified in the CHNA reports. These areas of focus meet at least one, and often several, of the community benefit guidelines of a nonprofit health system, as outlined by the Catholic Health Association: improving access to healthcare services; enhancing the health of the community; advancing medical or healthcare knowledge, or relieving or reducing the burden of government or other community efforts. Specific priorities are then incorporated into WellSpan’s annual operating plan and budget.
Based on the most recent CHNA reports, WellSpan's current three-year priorities include:
WellSpan produces annual Community Benefit Reports to share the progress-to-date on our three-year Community Health Improvement Plan.
This search will provide you with WellSpan Medical Group and Northern Lancaster County (Ephrata) Medical Group primary care physicians and specialists. If we don’t have a WellSpan Medical Group physician to meet your criteria, the search will expand to include community physicians who partner with WellSpan Medical Group physicians through the WellSpan Provider Network or provide care to patients on the Medical Staffs of WellSpan’s Hospitals.×
Use your MyWellSpan patient portal any time to view available appointments, and pick the date and time that best suits your schedule.
If you don't have a WellSpan primary care provider and would like to schedule a new patient appointment with a provider who is accepting patients, just log into your MyWellSpan account, and go to the Appointment Center section. As you progress through the scheduling process, you will be able to see the offices that are accepting new patients in relation to your zip code. If you are not enrolled in MyWellSpan, go to https://my.wellspan.org, call 1-866-638-1842 or speak with a member of the staff at a participating facility to sign up. New patient scheduling not available at all practices/programs.
If you already have a relationship with a WellSpan practice, simply log into your account, and go to the Appointment Center section. As you progress through the scheduling process, you will be able to schedule an appointment with any provider or practice that already counts you as a patient. Online scheduling varies by practice/program.×