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April 1

LCH’s Outreach Program Connects Community to Health

Community Health Screenings with local health center meets patients where they are.

Photo collage of LCH staff tending to patients at health screening on mushroom farmLCH Health and Community Services (LCH) visited South Mill Champs mushroom farm to provide Community Health Screenings at no cost to the employees. On Tuesday, March 29th, a team of LCH staff and providers worked with the human resources team at South Mill Champs mushroom farm in southern Chester County to provide health screenings to the employees. “LCH has a wonderful history of bringing care to the community”, said Iris Ayala, South Mill Champs Director of Human Resources. “We are thrilled to partner in this community health initiative.”

These health screenings help individuals who may otherwise have barriers to care. Lack of transportation, time away from work, cost of services, and language are a few factors that may keep a person from seeking care. Since its founding almost fifty years ago, LCH has created and established different ways to stay connected and provide care to the community like their Community Health Screenings.

COVID-19 put a halt to the program, but it did not stop LCH from traveling into the community. Over the past two years, LCH administered 640 COVID-19 vaccines off-site as well as testing and at-home test kits. Since the community wellness program began in 2016, LCH has provided 2,199 individual health screenings at 90 off-site locations in greater southern Chester County. And LCH has seen firsthand the impact of meeting patients where they are. “During these screenings, it is amazing what we can learn,” said Joseph A. Greco, MD, LCH Medical Director. “We have caught hypertension, prediabetes, oral health issues, depression and anxiety, domestic violence concerns, the list goes on.” LCH’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronan W. Gannon, commented, “This is what being part of a community is all about. LCH is a patient-directed health center and community focused. We want all of southern Chester County to feel like LCH is the place for their care.”

These Community Health Screenings are made possible by generous donations. While the program is free for the patients being seen, there are costs for the program. If you want to help make a difference in the community, you can sponsor a patient, and help pay for essential health care for someone that cannot afford it by visiting LCH’s website, LCHcommunityhealth.org/donate-now, or by contacting Kate Wickersham, Director of Development at kwickersham@lchservices.org. For those interested in learning more about scheduling an LCH Community Health Screening, contact Amanda Blevins at ablevins@lchservices.org.