On Thursday, April 28th, the Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC) Mountain Center in Tobyhanna welcomed its newest agency, a St. Luke community health clinic.
The event kicked off at 11 AM with a word of prayer. Donald Seiple, President of St. Luke’s Monroe County, spoke next, giving thanks to all of those who helped bring this new clinic to the area and hinting at plans to expand. Next up was representative Maureen Madden, who spoke about the Mountain Center and how St. Luke’s will greatly add to their expanding community. Madden then presented St. Luke’s with a citation sponsored by herself and Senator Marty Flynn. The site’s nurse practitioner, Vera Filipovska, then spoke, “Our community has been waiting for this practice for a long time. I think it was so well needed, being that I lived here and I know What it’s like when you have to drive 15 miles in bad weather to get to a doctor, so us being here is absolutely beautiful.”
Kristi Hammond, PSFC’s Executive Director, was last to speak, saying, “It’s important that we as human service providers remember why we do what we do. It is so we bring hope to those who feel that they have lost it all and support to those who think they don’t deserve it.” Closing her statement by thanking St. Luke’s for joining PSFC in serving the community. The ribbon was cut shortly after marking St. Luke’s Tobyhanna clinic open and ready to treat patients.
According to the PSFC website, the St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a nonprofit network of 16,000+ employees providing services at 12 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites. The Tobyhanna location is the newest outpatient site. Launching with two rooms, it’s intended for use by all ages, from infancy to the elderly.
The Mountain Center is located at 354 Memorial Boulevard, Tobyhanna, PA 18466.
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