Health hubs target needs in Christiana, Parkesburg

Health hubs target needs in Christiana, ParkesburgThe southeastern edge of the county is booming — with health care.

A new outpatient center just opened near Georgetown, and another one is set to open in mid-October just over the county line, in Chester County.

Ephrata Community Hospital is offering a family care practice, imaging services and laboratory services at the newly opened Community Services of Georgetown building, 1135 Georgetown Road, Christiana.

Lancaster General Health will offer family care, cardiology care, obstetrics/gynecology care, urgent care, imaging, laboratory services and diabetes education at the Lancaster General Health Center in Parkesburg, at Routes 30 and 10, in Chester County, set to open Oct. 16.

Though in the same vicinity, about 10 miles apart, the centers will serve different populations — one suburban and mobile, the other rural and Plain.

Lancaster General Health’s center will serve the growing population near the Chester County facility, which has about 254,000 people living within a 15-mile radius of it. Median household income in that area is $69,292, according to statistics provided by LG.

LG had operated an express care center at a Walmart store at that intersection since 2010, recently closing it so it could shift those patients to its new center.

“The general overall growth tends to be a bit of a more younger population, who are orienting both to Chester and Lancaster (counties),” says Susan Wynne, senior vice president for business development and ambulatory services at LG Health.

The Parkesburg center is 23 miles from Lancaster General Hospital but Wynne says patients in that area are used to traveling for work and for health care, and may not view that distance as too far to go should they need hospital care.

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