[Photo Story] Local leaders tour Lebanon Community Health Center

4 min read432 views and 62 shares Posted August 14, 2019

On Monday, a number of local leaders attended a briefing and tour of the Lebanon Community Health Center, and LebTown was there to capture it.

Lebanon Community Health Center as seen from a parking lot at the Shoppes at the Bridge retail development in Lebanon.
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All photos by LebTown photographer Will Trostel.

You might be familiar with the Lebanon Community Health Center by its former name, the Lebanon Ridge Community Health Center, which had been located at 840 Norman Drive in North Cornwall Township. The new facility is more than double in size.

A snapshot taken just inside the entrance of the Lebanon Community Health Center.
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Operated by New Holland-based Welsh Mountain Health Centers, the 9,000 SF community health facility has been opened since November 2018, an early and prominent tenant of the Shoppes at the Bridges retail development.

The health center invited local politicians and civic leaders to attend a tour of the 920 Church Street facility, led by Welsh Mountain Health Centers CEO Jackie Concepcion.

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Welsh Mountain CEO Jackie Concepcion (center) speaks with (left to right) State Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102), Lebanon County Commissioner Bill Ames, City of Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello, and Gregory Moreland, Policy Analyst for the PA Speaker of the House of Representatives.

A New York City native, Concepcion came to Central PA seeking “more green space and a slower pace,” according to an interview she did last year with Lancaster Newspapers. Concepcion’s oversees Welsh Mountains four offices, three of which are in Lancaster County.

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Concepcion introduces herself during the beginning of the meeting Monday. Concepcion was named CEO in September 2017, and prior to that had served for five years as the organization’s Director of Community Wellness and Development.

Concepcion and other Welsh Mountain staff members presented to attendees on the organization’s impact on the community through its community health focus.

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State Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102); Gregory Moreland, Policy Analyst for the PA Speaker of the House of Representatives; Lebanon County Commissioner Bill Ames; and City of Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello were among the attendees at Monday’s briefing.

A major focus of the meeting was making the case for additional support of community health centers.

State Rep. Russ Diamond in conversation with Lebanon Community Health Center medical director Dr. Joseph Walden.

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers has lobbying goals with the state legislature, described here in detail (PDF), namely additional funding for community health centers like Welsh Mountain’s Lebanon facility.

Amy Williams, Program Specialist for the Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Community Health Systems, speaks of the importance of health care and its effects on the community.

Welsh Mountain Health Center currently serves nearly 9,000 patients in Lebanon.

One of the facility’s many patient rooms.

Services offered at the Lebanon facility include a range of medical services, behavioral health treatment, family planning, supportive services, and dental integration. United Way of Lebanon County also provides funding to the facility for something they call the Mind, Body and Spirit program, which provides integrated physical and behavioral health treatments.

Receptionist Vivianette C. working the checkin window at Lebanon Community Health Center.

The Lebanon Community Health Center building is also home to Stauffer’s Drug Store, a Lancaster company now in its fifth generation of family ownership and management.

Stauffer’s Drug Store shares the same building as Lebanon Community Health Center, not the first time the two New Holland-based companies have partnered on a project.

Lebanon Community Health Center is located at 920 Church Street in Lebanon. For more information, visit the facility or its website, or call 717-272-2700 anytime Monday – Thursday 8am-8pm or Friday 8am-5pm. (The facility is not open on the weekends.)

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