Groundbreaking Begins at Pike Family Health Center to Expand Services
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), a clinical affiliate of Wayne Memorial Health System, held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the launch of an expansion project adding 5,000 square feet to its existing facility at the Pike Family Health Center in Lords Valley. The project, expected to be completed early in 2014, will allow the Center to offer behavioral health services and dental services within the Pike County area.
WMCHC Executive Director Frederick Jackson addressed an enthusiastic crowd of about 40 people, including county commissioners, Blooming Grove government officials, Wayne Memorial board members and existing as well as newly recruited staff during the ceremony. He acknowledged the group for working collaboratively to bring the first phase of the project to fruition and spoke about next steps, “I’m happy to say that even prior to having this addition built, we had successfully secured excellent providers for both behavioral health and dental services to meet the needs of the expanded facility.”
In fact, Jackson said the new behavioral health providers will begin seeing patients before completion of the new addition because of a critical need for their services in the Pike County community. These needs were highlighted in a 2009 Community Health Needs Assessment (www.wmh.org), a study which WMCHC used to secure a $1.4 million Building Capacity grant. That grant was awarded to WMCHC in May 2012 through the Affordable Care Act.
The Lords Valley Behavioral Health Center will serve as an outpatient treatment facility for behavioral and mental health services for adults, adolescents and children. The new providers include Board-certified Psychiatrist Rashesh Dholakia, MD, MPH and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Linda Lane, MSN-CRNP, who is board-certified in adult psychiatric-mental health. Currently, appointments will be scheduled for patients to be seen at the Behavioral Health Center in Honesdale four days a week and one day weekly at Lords Valley by calling 570-253-8219.
The dental clinic, serving both adults and children, will be an extension of the Together for Health Dental Center (TFHDC) in Honesdale. The Lords Valley facility will be fully equipped with five operatories for comprehensive dental services. The staff will be made up of two dentists, Robert Fredericks, DDS and Stephanie Bloss, DMD as well as dental hygienist Grace Shoemaker.
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, a federally qualified health center, serves both the privately insured and the under-and-uninsured. It accepts Medical Assistance and CHIP and offers a sliding fee for services based on income. The Pike County facility now offers primary care and women’s health services. For more information, on all services, visit the web at wmh.org/WMCHC or call 570-253-6676.
Photo: Shown during the Groundbreaking Ceremony at Pike Family Health Center in Lords Valley, left to right are: Stephanie Bloss, DMD, TFHDC, Lords Valley; Jack Dennis, manager of grants and development, Wayne Memorial Hospital and WMCHC; Pike County Commissioner Matthew Osterberg; Peter Rodgers, chair, WMCHC Board of Directors; Pike County Commissioner Rich Caridi; Nicholas Mazza, supervisor, Blooming Grove Township; Brian Brown, DMD, dental director, WMCHC; Robert Fredericks, DDS, TFHDC; Helen Ann Yale, co-chairman, Blooming Grove Township; John Weisenreider, MD, medical director, WMCHC; David Hoff, CEO of Wayne Memorial Health System; Frederick Jackson, executive director, WMCHC; Lee Oakes, chair, Wayne Memorial Health System Board of Directors; Michael Campbell, MD, director of behavioral health, WMCHC and Rashesh Dholakia, MD, MPH, Behavioral Health Center.