The Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center recently received federally qualified health center status.
To be federally qualified, a community health center must be designated by the federal government by adhering to regulations pertaining to the scope and quality of health services provided to anyone, regardless of ability to pay.
Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Center began as part of Divine Providence Hospital within Susquehanna Health in Fall 2000. As the need for services grew and the center developed, it relocated to 469-471 Hepburn St.
Its mission is to serve the community and operate using best clinical and business practices that will enable increased wellness and financial sustainability.
"We are sincerely grateful to Susquehanna Health. These facilities were established because Susquehanna Health was responding to an unmet need in the community," said Ellen Krajewski, president and CEO of Susquehanna Community Health & Dental Center. "Today, their support continues as we transition it to an FQHC."
The center has been an independent entity since Jan. 1, 2011, and is governed by a community-based board that includes area businesses and community leaders, as well as consumers of the center's services.
The Community Health Center is staffed by five primary care physicians, two nurse practitioners and a physician assistant. The Dental Center has three dentists and three dental hygienists.
The center is open to new patients who do not have a primary care physician or general dentist and accepts Medical Assistance, Medicare and multiple private insurances. An income-based sliding fee scale is available for those who qualify.
To schedule a dental appointment, call 567-5430.