NEPA Community Health Care was established in 1983 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center serving the people of rural Susquehanna county. To ensure that we are delivering the highest standards of care to our patients, NEPA Community Health Care sets and is held to a lofty standard of regulatory compliance, financial integrity and clinical quality. It is our core belief that primary care is the foundation of whole-person health and as such, the gateway to all medical subspecialties! As medicine and technology continue to advance, family medicine remains at the center of care coordination, relying upon the long-standing relationships built with patients to direct the course of appropriate and effective subspecialty treatment.
Our roots may be grounded in primary care, but we haven’t stopped there! Over the past six years, NEPA Community Health Care has expanded both centers and services throughout the region. In 2015, the introduction of mental and behavioral health service lines positioned NEPA Community Health Care as the county’s designated outpatient mental health provider. Shortly after in January 2016, support from the Moses Taylor Foundation, the Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuses Services (OMHSAS) and Mr. Joe Hunt made the Matthew W. Stahl Memorial Health Center a reality for the Montrose community. Then, with tremendous support once again from the Moses Taylor Foundation and the collective momentum of the Greenfield Township community, the Andrew C. Mazza Memorial Health Center opened its doors in April 2018, marking our entry into Lackawanna county. Finally, in testament to the strength and longevity of our partnership with the Moses Taylor Foundation, dental services were launched in March 2021. Both the Appalachian Regional Commission and AllOne Charities provided equally vital support to move these services from vision to reality, and we are grateful for their contributions to our history.
As an organization invested in the health and well-being of our community, NEPA Community Health Care continues to strengthen its collaborative partnerships with agencies like Maternal & Family Health Services and Trehab, who played a critical role in the initiation of our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) service line in 2017. Since that time, NEPA Community Health Care has received designation as a Center of Excellence for Opioid Use Disorder through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Centers of Excellence make sure every person with OUD achieves optimal health! This means they take care of the whole person, including physical health management (for conditions such as diabetes) and mental health treatment (such as anxiety or depression). It also means that COEs provide one-on-one support to every patient through a Care Management team which helps identify, organize, obtain and sustain treatment resources.
We could not be more excited about the future of our organization and the countless ways there are to continue positively impacting our community. We hope that your family feels the benefit of our presence here!
About the Health Center Program
Community Health Centers are just one type of federally qualified health center (FQHC). Among others, there are also Migrant Health Centers and Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing. No matter the designation, all FQHCs are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent and high-quality health care services.
Health Centers were born out of the philosophy to reach high-risk and underserved populations which would otherwise go without physical, mental or oral health care, and it remains a high priority of the Health Center Program to diminish or eliminate barriers to care.
FQHCs also provide enabling services, which strive to engage and retain patients in care. Such services include translation, facilitating access to transportation and guidance to obtain health care coverage. Patients with limited financial resources are offered a sliding fee discount, which takes household and federal poverty level data into consideration when setting discounted payment rates for patients.
Community Health Centers understand that the majority of patients lead busy lives with full-time personal and professional commitments. That’s why we maintain extended clinical hours, reserve same-day appointments for sick visits, welcome walk-ins, and treat every patient regardless of insurance coverage!
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