WILKES-BARRE,LUZERNE CO. (WOLF) — A local health care facility will be serving some of the communities most vulnerable individuals.
The Children’s Service Center has now opened Conyngham Primary health care center.
The new addition serves both children and adults.
“We’ve been providing behavior health services now for 160 years and we have pharmacy services, disorder services, and quite a few services for kids and families. So, to add the primary care is just a great addition for us. It’s been like I said a long time in the making and its great that we create a one stop shop for our families to come to get all those services in one place.”
“Most importantly to its all under one electronic health record, Practitioner on the primary side can what’s happening on the behavioral health side. Behavioral health practitioner can see what’s happening on the physical health side. So, everything is under one location, we can treat the patient from all those disciplines, having all the same information and making informed decisions.” Said President and CEO Michael Hopkins.
The 12,500 square foot building is completed after nearly two and a half years.
With the help of being fully funded by a capital campaign, charities, and private donors the $5.5 million project welcomed their first patient this week.
Hopkins tells me that they serve about 12,000 individuals from around the area, providing for as many children as they do adults.
During the Civil War, The Children’s Service Center was originally an orphanage named the “Home For Friendless Children”. In 1938, they became the center that we know of today.
CEO Michael Hopkins also tells me that almost 85% of their patients use public assistance, weather they have challenges with income, education, or lack of access to care, and believes families deserve more when it comes to getting care.
Dr Renata Meyer, a medical director at the facility, explains that they have big plans for the future.
“Also patients who are not patients of the behavioral health clinic are welcome to be seen in our new clinic. We will focusing on prevention and offering high quality care for everyone.”
“ We are a family medicine, well start from newborns going up to the elderly population. We’ll be taking care of all ages.
Dr. Meyer also tells me that she it’s exciting to be working in an up-to-date facility so they can provide their patients with excellent care. For more information of the new expansion head over to http://www.cscwv.org/csc/home/main.aspx