Our mission is to deliver high-quality and compassionate healthcare to ALL–regardless of economic status. We provide medical and dental care to community members who have no insurance, those who have little or no income, and those who cannot find affordable or culturally competent healthcare elsewhere. When a fellow Lancastrian is vulnerable and sick, SouthEast Lancaster Health is honored to restore their wellness.
For 40 years, SouthEast Lancaster Health has worked tirelessly to provide exceptional community health; provided BY the community FOR the community.
SouthEast Lancaster Health emerged in 1974 on Strawberry Street as a part-time, volunteer-run medical center, working hard to care for those who needed help. By 1980, we began providing dental care in addition to medical care. Also in 1980, we moved to an office on Rockland Street, merged with Lancaster Neighborhood Health Center and the Spanish American Civic Association Health Center and renamed the newly fashioned organization ‘SouthEast Lancaster Health Services’. In 1994, through the leadership of then-Mayor Janice Stork, the City of Lancaster gifted us with land at 625 South Duke Street to build a new medical and dental facility.
South Duke Street
By 1996, SouthEast Lancaster Health had raised enough money to build a brand new facility on the donated land. The building originally included 14 medical exam rooms and 6 dental operatories. We began offering a Dental Emergency Walk-in Program two mornings a week to care for those experiencing extreme dental crisis and partnered with HACC’s Nursing Program to enhance patient education. In 2011, a major renovation of the South Duke Street facility took place expanding capacity from 6 to 13 dental operatories including a Pediatric Dental Suite tailored for providing compassionate dental care for children.
Bright Side Opportunities Center
SouthEast Lancaster Health operates a health center in Bright Side Opportunities Center on the Southwestern side of Lancaster City. This site opened in November 2006 and provides 6 medical examination rooms for family practice care, obstetrical care, pediatric care, family planning, social services and patient education. Bright Side is a hub for refugee families new to the U.S. Our practice at Bright Side has dramatically improved the lives of patients who are new to Western healthcare.
North Arch Street
In 2009, SouthEast Lancaster Health purchased one of Thomas Edison’s original power plants in downtown Lancaster with financial assistance from Lancaster General Health. Over the next two years, SouthEast Lancaster Health undertook a successful Capital Campaign, Project Health Equality and Access for Lancaster (HEAL), to renovate the historic site into a state of the art medical facility with 24 medical exam rooms. The North Arch Street facility was opened to the public in the summer of 2010.
Envisioning healthcare for ALL Lancastrians
In Lancaster County, 62,000 people have no health insurance; 16,300 of them are children. An additional 59,000 residents receive Medical Assistance, which many doctors and hospitals do not accept.
Rationally, most Lancastrians would agree that it is both wise and just to provide healthcare to ALL of our community. It is both wise AND just. At SouthEast Lancaster Health, we strive to make our healthcare outstanding, dignified, compassionate, culturally-competent, and cost-effective.
SouthEast is the sum of 155 staff, three facilities, 44 medical exam rooms, 13 dental operatories, 13 board members, 25 committee members, and 1,800 donors all focused on ONE mission. Our promise is to provide medical and dental care to ALL members of our community –moms, dads, children, grandparents, adults, teens, and babies who have no insurance, who have little or no income, and those who cannot find affordable healthcare elsewhere. Because of our high standards for care, SouthEast Lancaster Health provides exceptional, compassionate care with the dignity that all people deserve. When a fellow community member is vulnerable and sick, SouthEast Lancaster Health is truly honored to help restore their wellness.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.