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Helping Our Communities' Most Vulnerable

As a charitable, non-profit health system, WellSpan is committed to ensuring access to care for its vulnerable friends and neighbors. That’s why the health system operated the following services in and around York, where there is a significant need in the community:

  • WellSpan Community Health Center received 49,713 visits for adult and pediatric primary care.
  • Thomas Hart Family Practice Center, staffed by resident and faculty physicians at WellSpan York Hospital, provided acute, chronic, preventive and obstetric care for people lacking sufficient health insurance through 25,893 patient visits.
  • WellSpan York Hospital's Department of Dentistry provided dental treatment to 15,784 patients during more than 22,438 visits.

In addition, WellSpan funds and provides a primary care physician to serve as medical director for the City of York Bureau of Health.

Access to care can be limited by financial challenges, insufficient health insurance or other barriers. To address these issues, WellSpan supports the following community resources:

  • As the lead partner in Healthy Community Network, WellSpan helps to provide thousands of uninsured and underinsured community members with access to care. Over the past year, the network assisted nearly 6,000 members in need of care across the region.
  • Through the Prescription for Caring program, Healthy Community Network provided financial assistance for nearly 15,000 prescriptions, so that individuals lacking sufficient health insurance or financial means could access the medications they need.

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Partnerships are also vital to the development of a strong safety net of healthcare services. Whether by providing ancillary imaging and lab services, resourcing volunteers, or referring community members to available care options, WellSpan collaborates with and supports organizations impacting health needs in the following communities:

Adams County

  • Family First Health Gettysburg Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) supported by WellSpan to provide services in Adams County, cares for about 3,700 patients annually.
  • Mission of Mercy operates a free mobile health and dental clinic for uninsured and underinsured residents of Adams County. Their Gettysburg clinic serves about 200 patients each year.

Franklin County

  • Keystone Health, an FQHC serving the greater Franklin County region, serves approximately 59,000 patients each year, regardless of ability to pay.

Northern Lancaster & Lebanon Counties

  • Union Community Care, an FQHC, provides medical and dental care to 36,500 patients, many of whom live in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
  • Volunteers in Medicine, a medical clinic in Lebanon County, provides medical services, free medication, and durable medical equipment to more than 2,000 uninsured community members.
  • The Dixon Foundation Health Center, operated by Family First Health in Lebanon, serves about 1,200 patients annually. The center aims to improve access to primary care, behavioral health and other essential health services.

York County

  • Family First Health serves about 18,000 patients across multiple sites in York County. 
  • The Hannah Penn Health Center, a partnership of WellSpan York Hospital, Family First Health and the City of York School District, conducts over 2,800 acute and preventive visits annually for underserved adults and children.
  • Katallasso Family Health Center, a faith-based non-profit health clinic in the City of York, serves the needs of underinsured patients across 2,000 visits each year.

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