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River Valley Health and Dental celebrates 10 years

The 10-year anniversary celebration of the River Valley Health and Dental health center was marked with an open house and words of praise for the many individuals and entities which have seen it through its growth and success.

“It took smart people,” James Yoxtheimer, president and CEO, told the gathering of people outside the building at 471 Hepburn St., Williamsport.

They were people, he said, who had the vision to make it a reality.

“I feel very proud and privileged to be even a small part of what happens here,” he said.

The health center, he noted, helps the community with its different medical services.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, agreed.

“It’s a comprehensive way to serve the community,” he said.

The lawmaker also marveled at the vision for establishing a health center in Williamsport.

Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare said, “We are blessed and highly favored in this community.”

And, he praised the staff for their work.

“When you talk to patients in this facility, you learn they are grateful,” he said.

Kim Wetherhold, chair of the board of directors, noted that the health center provides many medical services including proactive management of chronic conditions.

She said she and her family have received care there that was both “top notch and compassionate.”

“It’s been such an honor to serve (on the board),” she said.

Yoxtheimer noted that the health center has added services and expanded its number of patients over the years.

“We will have about 50,000 patient visits by the end of the year,” he said.

He attributed the growth to community support and the “tremendous need for health and dental services.”

Many of those served at River Valley include those who have limited or no options for health care.

Many insurance plans are accepted, but care is provided regardless of ability to pay.

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