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WellSpan Health announces $2 million gift from Francis J. Dixon Foundation

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Donation will support the development of a health and wellness center located in the City of Lebanon

WellSpan Health today announced that it has received a $2 million gift from the Francis J. Dixon Foundation to help establish a health and wellness center located in the City of Lebanon.
The donation reflects the shared commitment of WellSpan and the Dixon Foundation to improve access to primary care, behavioral health and other essential health services in Lebanon County, said Thomas Harlow, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.

“Through our community health needs assessments, we know that access to a primary care physician is a barrier for many Lebanon County residents,” Harlow said. “With this generous gift from the Francis J. Dixon Foundation, we will be able to develop an integrated health and wellness center that addresses that need and helps to improve the health of those who live, work and play here.”

Harlow noted that the Dixon Foundation had previously supported a feasibility study for the project. The study found that Lebanon County has a significant need for health care and social services that are easily accessible, particularly to city residents, prompting the $2 million gift to the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

“We are excited to be able to provide the support to get this project under way,” said Frank Dixon, chairman emeritus of the Dixon Foundation. “It will be an invaluable resource to those who need care, and it advances our mission to improve the quality of life in Lebanon County.”

The new health and wellness center will be located in a portion of what was formerly known as the WellSpan Hyman S. Caplan Pavilion, at Fourth and Willow streets. In honor of the significant donation by the Dixon Foundation, the building has been renamed the WellSpan Dixon Foundation Health Center.

The Caplan family, generous supporters of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and other community organizations, endorses the health center project. The family also supports the building’s new name, as the first phase of the development of a health and wellness center for Lebanon County.

“It has been an honor for our family to support and continue supporting the health care system of Lebanon,” said Sloan Caplan, grandson of Hyman S. Caplan “We applaud the Dixon Foundation for its work in the Lebanon community and especially for its latest philanthropic gift to the hospital.”

Once established, the health and wellness center will offer primary care, behavioral health services and social services. Details of the center are still being finalized. It is planned to open in late 2018 or early 2019.

“WellSpan is committed to this project, because we believe it is needed,” Harlow said. “Our mission is to improve health and foster healthy communities, and that’s what we aim to do with this center.”

In addition to the health and wellness center, the WellSpan Dixon Foundation Health Center building will continue to house other health care services, including WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital’s rehabilitation and transitional care units, its speech and audiology services and its diabetes education program. The building also houses the WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital Family Residency’s Family Practice program and the offices of WellSpan Family Medicine – North Fourth Street.

The Women’s Health Center of Lebanon will move from its current offices in the building to a new location in Cornwall Township. The health and wellness center is expected to occupy much of the space vacated by that practice.

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 a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

About the Francis J. Dixon Foundation

Since its founding in 1989, the Francis J. Dixon Foundation has provided tuition assistance grants for Lebanon County residents who enroll as full-time students at the Lebanon Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. The foundation also provides scholarships to LPNs working for WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital who are enrolled in an LPN to RN program at the Lebanon Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. The foundation also provides grants to Lebanon County-based, non-sectarian charitable organizations and programs that focus on education, health care, and community service. The foundation also seeks to participate in projects that maintain or improve the quality of life in Lebanon County through community building, community infrastructure, and opportunities for youth. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to projects of special interest to the Dixon family and its board of directors.

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