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About Us

We believe in Person-Centered, integrated, quality, affordable health care for all.

Mission & Vision

LCH is a diverse, bilingual Federally Qualified Health Center in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Our Values

  1. WELCOMING: We welcome and embrace all cultures and strive to understand and respect each other’s backgrounds. We are open and care deeply for one another and the community we serve.
  2. INTEGRATED: We work together as one cohesive unit to provide multiple services in an efficient and organized way to improve the quality of life of our members. We strive to create shared understanding to achieve consistently excellent outcomes for our members.
  3. DEDICATED: We are passionate and commit to go above and beyond for our members and each other. We find solutions, expect the best from ourselves and others, and lean on each other to ensure that we provide care and services that are of excellent clinical and professional quality.
  4. DYNAMIC: LCH is a fast growing, vibrant and enthusiastic organization that responds to the ever changing needs of our community. We leverage technology and actively seek out new ideas, venues, and relationships to implement innovative approaches that improve the care and services we provide. We bring a sense of positive energy to LCH through our work!

We provide integrated, Person-Centered services through our health center, social assistance, and education classes and job placement.

Our Mission

To help low-income residents of southern Chester County to stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive lives by providing high-quality, culturally welcoming services.

Our Vision

With access to high-quality, culturally welcoming services to those in need, all residents of southern Chester County will be able to more fully benefit from and contribute to the social vibrancy and economic prosperity of the region.

The LCH Team: Kennett Square and Oxford.

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) and Pre-GED Teachers.

Annual Report

We accept Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance, and uninsured patients (who are charged on a sliding scale fee based on household income). We provide affordable health care for all. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

Executive Leadership

LCH is led by a team of passionate staff with a diverse array of experience in the health care and social services fields. The team shares an appreciation and an understanding of the community we serve, and strives every day to change lives for the better through our care.

  • Alisa M. Jones, MPH

    President and CEO

  • Steve Castellano

    Director of Operations

  • LeeAnn Riloff

    Director of Development

  • Philip M. DeColli

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Margarita Garay-Zarco

    Director of Human Resources, Education, and Workforce Development

  • Dr. Federico Ceppa, MD

    Director of Primary Care

  • Catherine Domanska Elliott, CRNP

    Women's Health Medical Director

  • Amy Lambert, LCSW, MPH

    Director of Quality & Health Informatics

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Board

The LCH Board of Directors is a group of dedicated community leaders who meet every month at LCH to review our services and strategic goals. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, at least half of the LCH board must be current users of the health center. This provides transparency, voice, and authentic insightful feedback on how we can continue to improve our services.

  • Ronan Gannon, Board Chair

    Executive Director of Commercial Operations, Radius Health

  • Jeanne Casner, Vice-Chair

    County Health Director, Chester County Health Department Vice Chair

  • Paola Rosas, Secretary

    Outreach Coordinator, Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America

  • William O. LaMotte, Treasurer

    Retired partner, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP

  • Roberto Ayllon

    Supervisor, AJ Raymundo Mushroom Farm

  • Paloma Gaona

    Independent Contractor

  • Barbara Mancill

    Manager, Agency & Community Relations, UWCC

  • Pia McCann

    Manager, Minoan Management, LLC

  • Alice Moorhead (Emeritus)

    Social Services, MSW

  • Doug Nakashima

    Executive Director, Kennett Area YMCA

  • Sam Slater

    Co-Founder and Executive Producer, HCP Sports

  • Emma Tapia

    Community Member and Volunteer

  • Domenic Vacca

    President, Stonebridge Consulting International

Patient FAQ's

  • What services do you provide?
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    What services do you provide?

    We have many different services for the community.  Here are some links on our website that go into more detail on all that we do at LCH.

    • Health Center: primary and acute care, women’s health and prenatal care, chronic care (helping to manage diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, and behavioral health (helping to manage anxiety, depression, relationships, and setting goals)
    • Social Assistance: health insurance applications, information and referral, assistance with other public benefits, case management, legal clinic
    • Education and Jobs: ESL and citizenship classes, job placement and workforce development workshops and services
  • What if I have Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance?
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    What if I have Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance?

    You can still come to LCH for services! We accept all Medicaid and Medicare plans, and most private insurance.  If you have private insurance, call 610.444.7550 to confirm that we take your plan.

  • What if I don't have insurance?
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    What if I don't have insurance?

    We will still see you even if you do not have insurance.  LCH sees patients without insurance on a sliding scale fee based on the federal poverty level.  But even if you cannot pay the fee, we will still see you.  We don’t turn anyone away due to inability to pay.

  • I am a new patient. What do I need to bring?
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    I am a new patient. What do I need to bring?

    Please bring the following to your first appointment:

    • A photo ID or your birth certificate if you do not have a photo ID
    • Your insurance card if you have one or a recent proof of income (such as paystubs, an employer letter, etc.)
  • What languages do the providers speak?
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    What languages do the providers speak?

    Most of our providers are bilingual in English and Spanish, and those that do not speak both are paired with a native speaker that is trained in medical interpretation.  You can choose between English or Spanish–whichever you are most comfortable.

  • What are your hours?
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    What are your hours?

    The Kennett Square location is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Health Center, Social Assistance, and Education and Jobs services.

    The Oxford location is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Health Center services.

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History

LCH has served the southern Chester County community for over forty years.

Today, LCH has grown and evolved to serve the needs of all low-income residents in our community through Person-Centered, Integrated Services.

Established in 1973 by Kennett Square residents, clergy and advocates to serve the needs of a primarily Latino population drawn to the area by jobs in the mushroom industry. Vulnerable adults and families were in need of a place to go for help, ask questions, and seek resources. Founders Peggy Harris and Margarita Quiñones brought La Comunidad Hispana to life with over forty years of service dedicated to the agency.

The original blue logo was designed by the founders of LCH.  The new yellow logo was designed in 2016 to celebrate LCH’s past, present, and future, and our expanded ability to serve all of those in need in our community.

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LCH’s new logo, which launched in 2015.

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LCH’s former logo, created by the founders of our organization.

LCH Timeline

  • 1973: La Comunidad Hispana is founded in Kennett Square, PA as a bilingual social services agency.

  • 1985: Primary care services begin at a separate location as well as directly on mushroom farms.

  • 2009: New Kennett Square Facility opens, bringing multiple service that LCH had previously provided to one central location.

  • 2012: LCH receives designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center, which allows for LCH to serve vulnerable individuals that are insured, under-insured, or un-insured.

  • 2015: Integrated electronic health record system, LCH Centricity, is implemented to provide more integrated care; In-house renovations in Kennett Square expand service capacity.

  • 2016: Satellite health center in Oxford, PA opens at a full-service schedule.

  • 2017: LCH Dental Cener opens in Kennett Square.

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