Our mission 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. 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.
We were born in 1972 on Strawberry Street as a part-time, volunteer-run medical center. We worked hard caring for those who needed help. We grew and eventually paid staff. 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 SACA Health Center and renamed the newly fashioned organization ‘SouthEast Lancaster Health Services’. In 1994, as a result of our continued growth in serving the community, the City of Lancaster gifted us with land at 625 South Duke Street.
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 a historic power plant 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.
SouthEast Lancaster Health – Today and Tomorrow
As a result of our 2010-2011 expansion and renovation, SouthEast Lancaster Health now has 44 medical examination rooms in which we serve over 16,000 medical patients annually with approximately 90,000 medical visits. In our 13 dental operatories we will serve more than 6,000 dental patients with about 18,000 expected dental visits in 2012. We are in the process of hiring additional medical providers and another dentist to meet the growing demand for care.
Why support SouthEast Lancaster Health?
The fact is that in 2010, more than 65,000 Lancaster County residents lacked health insurance coverage. Over 20,000 of those residents are children. We all deserve care.
SouthEast Lancaster Health provides medical and dental care as well as health education to all members of our community – including community members who have no insurance, those who have little or no income, those who cannot find affordable or culturally-competent healthcare elsewhere and those who have their own or employer-provided health insurance. 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.