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November 30

LCH Oxford Community Health Center Turns One

Second Oxford site has made an impact in the community in just one year of service.

LCH’s Oxford site, located in the Eckman Professional Services Building (303 North Third Street Suite 2, Oxford PA 19363) will celebrate its first birthday on Tuesday, December 6.

The anniversary marks a year of impact in the greater Oxford community.  Since its opening, 563 patients in over 1,500 visits have received care that they may not otherwise have been able to afford. Half of the LCH Oxford patients are at or below the federal poverty level—the equivalent to a household income of $24,300 for a family of four.  50% of the patients do not have health insurance and 34% have Medicaid or Medicare.

The LCH Oxford Team: Montserrat Alvarez, Medical Assistant; Anna Roosevelt, Behavioral Health Consultant; Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer (Dr. K), MD, Physician; and Liliana Hernandez, Member Relations Specialist. (Not pictured in photo: Marybeth Rizzo-Moore, CRNP, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.)

“Families with lower income levels and limited insurances do not have the same kind of flexibility or accessibility to health care,” said Alisa Jones, President and CEO.  “This is why we applied for funding for the Oxford site, and in just one year we have seen the needs of the community being met through our services.”

The Oxford site, staffed by a family physician, family nurse practitioner, medical assistant, member relations specialist, and behavioral health consultant, provides primary, acute, chronic, and mental health services in English and Spanish. Chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes are common concerns addressed by the LCH team, along with mental health disorders such as substance abuse, depression, and anxiety.

The team works in tandem to provide person-centered care for every patient.  Patients are connected with resources not only with LCH’s Oxford and Kennett Square services but also to local partner agencies such as Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center and Oxford SILO.  “By connecting LCH patients to resources and services here in Oxford, we are building a healthier community for everyone to enjoy,” said Marybeth Rizzo-Moore, CRNP, LCH Family Nurse Practitioner.

LCH Board Chair Paul Huberty commented that Oxford’s inaugural year was a success.  “We have learned so much from the Oxford community in our first year, and we look forward to continuing to serve greater Oxford to create positive whole-health change for all.”