SouthEast Lancaster Health Services adding sixth medical site
A community health organization is expanding to meet the pressing need for health care among Lancaster's low-income residents.
SouthEast Lancaster Health Services plans to add a sixth medical site in mid-October, the organization said Wednesday. The office will be at 802 New Holland Ave., in a building previously occupied by WellSpan Cardiology.
Reaching capacity with nearly 22,000 patients, SouthEast Lancaster Health is one of only a few practices accepting new Medicaid patients in Lancaster County, officials said.
A recent needs assessment, cited by SouthEast Lancaster Health, found that the need for additional care options is critical throughout the community, but especially in Lancaster's northeast section, where 40 percent of residents are at or below the poverty level.
The New Holland Avenue site, with 18 exam rooms, will give SouthEast Lancaster Health the ability to accept more new patients.
Its amenities will include an on-site pharmacy, enhanced women's health and primary care for immigrant/refugee populations, dedicated space for wellness circles, preventive dental care for young children and expanded behavioral health assessments and care coordination.
It also will allow SouthEast Lancaster Health to integrate medical students into patient education and support.
The organization traces its roots to a part-time, volunteer-run medical center that opened in 1972 on Strawberry Street. By 1980, it had begun offering dental care in addition to medical care. A merger that year with Lancaster Neighborhood Health Center and SACA Health Center led to the adoption of the organization's current name.
Its goal is to provide medical and dental care to all in the community, including the uninsured and under-insured.
Last year the group formed a partnership with WellSpan Philhaven to provide primary care at WellSpan Philhaven’s Prince Street facility in Lancaster.
The group's other sites are at 333 North Arch St. and 625 South Duke St.; medical offices inside of the Bright Side Opportunities Center and Reynolds Middle School; and at the Philhaven and SouthEast Lancaster Health Services Center for Integrated Healthcare.