Construction has begun on a new community health and wellness center that will provide access to primary care, behavioral health care and other essential health services to Lebanon County residents.
The center will be located at the WellSpan Dixon Foundation Health Center, at Fourth and Willow streets, Lebanon. It will open in early 2020. The center will include a new 7,000-square-foot office for Family First Health, a regional health care provider for vulnerable patients chosen as the primary care partner for the health and wellness center. The Family First Health office will include 12 exam rooms on the first level of the Dixon Center.
To provide easy access to Family First Health, a new entrance is being added off the rear parking lot of the WellSpan Dixon Foundation Health Center. The entrance also will give patients and visitors access to other services located in the building, including WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital’s rehabilitation unit, WellSpan Family Medicine – North Fourth Street and WellSpan diabetes and nutrition counselors.
A future phase of the project will add a community room.
The $3.5 million project has been funded by a $2 million gift from the Francis J. Dixon Foundation and funding from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
“We are excited to see the new center take shape,” said Frank Dixon, chairman emeritus of the Dixon Foundation. “It will help Lebanon County residents receive care and stay healthy, ensuring a brighter future for our entire community.”
Family First Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center with six sites in Lancaster, York and Adams counties. It is equipped to help patients address barriers to care that are often experienced by the 30 percent of Lebanon County residents living in poverty. In addition to primary care, Family First provides dental care, substance abuse treatment, HIV care and social services.
A 14-member community advisory group of Lebanon leaders, which is helping to guide the development of the center, chose Family First Health as the primary care partner for the center.
“This center will play a vital role in the health of Lebanon County,” said Tom Harlow, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital. “We are grateful to community leaders who have provided their financial support and their guidance as we work toward the opening of the center.”
Family First will collaborate with others serving vulnerable populations including other Federally Qualified Health Centers in the area as well as the providers at WellSpan Family Medicine – North Fourth Street, with the shared goal of improving the health of Lebanon County residents.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of approximately 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.
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