Lancaster Health Center and Welsh Mountain Health Centers, which merged their operations into one community health center on March 1, have announced that the new center is named Union Community Care, according to a March press release.

Union has two locations in Lebanon at 920 Church Street and 101 South 9th Street, as well as multiple locations in Lancaster. Their services include primary care, dental care, behavioral health, and social services. Both of Union’s component organizations are Federally Qualified Health Centers and receive funding from Health Resource & Services Administration.

As brands, both organizations still exist on their own at the moment. But that will change as websites, signs, and social media are updated.

According to the release, services, locations, and fees for both organizations will remain the same for patients, and the regular phone numbers for appointment scheduling will also stay unchanged.

Accompanying the new name are a new mission statement and vision, which are copied below:

Mission: Union Community Care’s purpose is to spark equity through patient-led healthcare that welcomes and strengthens our communities by integrating body, mind, and heart.

Vision: Union Community Care envisions vibrant and healthy communities supported by inclusive healthcare that embraces each member’s unique culture, needs, and values, and emboldens them to make healthful choices that fuel their well-being and the well-being of others.

In the release, Union President & CEO Alisa Jones stated that the new organization will reflect both organizations’ values: “The vibrancy, diversity, personal values, and colorful existence that lives within our communities, patients, and staff inspire us to meet every family, friend, and neighbor where they live, relate to their lives, and see them as the brave, complex, unique human beings that they are.”

Union Board President Dave Kreider added that ““[f]rom the very start of the merger process, both organizations worked collaboratively to create a new name and identity, focusing on strength in unity.”

Welsh Mountain Health Centers was the first walk-up testing facility open to Lebanon County residents back in July of 2020.

This story has been updated to correct the date of the merger to March 1. We also updated the abbreviation of Union Community Care to Union, not UCC, as was originally published. We sincerely regret the error.

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