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FEATURE:

WellSpan Community
Health Center
Prepared by: Dr. D. Scott McCracken, MD, FAAFP, FAWM
Wellspan Community Health Center Medical Director

T

he York medical community has a long history of
providing excellent healthcare to residents of the
county and city, across a range of financial situations.
WellSpan Community Health Center has been proud to be a
part of that community providing care, regardless of ability to
pay, for the past 18 years.
The origin story of the WellSpan
Community Health Center can be traced
to the Outpatient Clinics at York Hospital
that opened in 1974. For 26 years, these 17
clinics were entirely located in the lower level
and first floor of the hospital and provided a
scope of primary medical and sub-specialty
care to mostly Medicaid and uninsured
patients. They were staffed by both hospital
resident physicians as well as York-area
physicians. Through the 1990s, the clinics' volume increased
61%. Combined with a growing need for inpatient hospital and
emergency room space and a desire for outpatient services to be
more "embedded" in the community, the clinics were looking to
locations off the hospital campus.
In the early 2000s, many services relocated to the Apple Hill
Medical Center (internal medicine, pediatric medicine, and
cardiology), The Edgar Square Shopping Center (surgery, ObGyn, and specialty clinics), and other sites throughout the York
area. As part of those relocations, WellSpan partnered with local
organizations to open a new Community Health Center at the
Crispus Attucks Association's Loretta Claiborne Building at 605
South George Street in York. In April 2001, the York Hospital
Community Health Center opened, offering pediatrics, ObGyn, and family medicine care. Since that time, the Health

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