Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers is looking to recruit another primary care physician for its Honesdale Family Health Center with the help of a $200,000 Community Primary Care Challenge Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The state grant comes on the heels of almost $2 million in capital project monies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
While the grants were applied for separately, Wayne Memorial Manager of Grants and Development John Dennis said they will blend into a single purpose: to increase access to medical care for those in need.
“One of the federal grant projects is expansion of the Honesdale Family Health Center, which is where we hope to install the new provider with the help of the state grant,” said Dennis. He pointed out that the Honesdale site is located in a federally-designated “medically underserved area” and a “health profession shortage area.” Both designations helped Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) secure the state funding.
Currently, the Honesdale Family Health Center, located in the Stourbridge Mall, is staffed by two part-time physicians and a full-time certified registered nurse practitioner.
“With this $200,000 and the construction of more exam and treatment space at the Honesdale Family Health Center, we anticipate hiring a full-time internist or Family Medicine physician by early next year,” said Frederick Jackson, executive director of WMCHC, “and serving many more people in need of healthcare.”
WMCHC, a federally qualified health center, is designed to serve everyone regardless of ability to pay. All of its primary care centers accept most private insurances and medical assistance. They also offer a sliding fee scale for services. WMCHC operates family health centers in Honesdale, Waymart, Lords Valley, Lake Como and Vandling. It also offers behavioral health, dental health and women’s health care services.
“We are very pleased that both the federal and state governments are helping us offer increased healthcare services to our community at a time when many people are suffering economically and unable to access services for themselves and their families,” said Jackson. “This is a good example of a helping hand from the community at large, and we are thankful.”
Construction at the Honesdale Family Health Center is already underway; recruitment for a new physician is expected to begin this fall.
For more information about Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, visit www.wmh.org/wmchc.