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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 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.

Reports

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

    Alisa M. Jones, MPH

    President and CEO

    Alisa Jones currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of La Comunidad Hispana (LCH). She previously served as Chief Operating Officer. In her role she is responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of LCH’s vision and mission in the Southern Chester County community. She oversees the day-to day operations and delivery of services, including healthcare, social services, adult education and special programs. Specifically, she is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of ongoing activities and efforts, as well as various new program services. Ms. Jones has expertise in establishing high quality standards, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local government requirements as well as securing the continuation of existing and new government funding sources and creating a high performing, accountable and customer-oriented team. Prior to joining LCH, Ms. Jones was in a leadership capacity at the Delaware Health Department where she most recently was the Maternal and Child Health Director. In this capacity she oversaw the adoption of the Life Course Perspective in numerous maternal, child and family health programs, with an emphasis on program evaluation and organizational development. Ms. Jones is bilingual and has published on public health topics and has an extensive background in health services administration specific to community health centers and public health. Ms. Jones received a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University and a Master’s of Public Health from San Diego State University.

  • Steve Castellano

    Chief Operating Officer

    Steve Castellano

    Chief Operating Officer

    Steve joined LCH in 2016 with an illustrious track record in operations management. His professional background includes more than 20 years of experience managing operations for a range of industries, including finance, real estate development, and human services. Steve oversees the revenue cycle of the health center, ensures quality and cost effectiveness of all of LCH’s services and programs, acts as facilities manager for LCH’s three sites, and is charged with risk management and compliance with federal regulations as a federally qualified health center. He holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Scranton (1990) and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University (2005).

  • LeeAnn Riloff

    Director of Development

    LeeAnn Riloff

    Director of Development

    LeeAnn is LCH’s Director of Development, joining the team in September 2015. In her position, she is responsible for working with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to ensure a sufficient flow of incoming grants and donation to support all of LCH’s services. She oversees the annual appeal, relationships with major donors, government grants management, special events, fundraising publications, and foundation grant writing. LeeAnn holds a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification. She has worked in the Philadelphia area nonprofit community for more than 25 years, as Executive Director at Wings for Success, Director of Development at Maternal and Child Health Consortium, and Director of Stewardship at Bryn Mawr College.

  • Philip M. DeColli

    Chief Financial Officer

    Philip M. DeColli

    Chief Financial Officer

    Philip De Colli joined LCH in August 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. In this position, he is responsible for LCH’s accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, financial reporting and analysis, and oversight of our billing arrangements with health insurance providers and lab testing partners. He will produce monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements for the review of LCH’s President and for the Finance Committee. Philip has worked in accounting for the past 40 years, in higher education, manufacturing, media, and health care. His most recent position was at Chester County Hospital. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Drexel University.

  • Margarita Garay-Zarco

    Director of Human Resources, Education, and Workforce Development

    Margarita Garay-Zarco

    Director of Human Resources, Education, and Workforce Development

    Margarita Garay Zarco is LCH’s Director of Human Resources, Education and Workforce Development. She joined the LCH team in 2010 and previously held the positions of GED instructor, Client Services Manager, and Education and Workforce Development Coordinator. She oversees the management of adult education programs, including English as a Second Language, GED, and citizenship preparation for LCH clients. In addition, she implemented LCH’s workforce development program in 2014, and provides help to members seeking jobs and connections with companies in the area. Most recently, she has taken the role of Director of Human Resources as well. Margarita holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Escuela Normal Superior del Estado de Queretaro in Mexico. She has over 15 years of experience in both public and private schools, including 10 years in administration and managerial positions. She has been a teacher, counselor, tutor, program coordinator and spent five years as the principal of a high school in Mexico.

  • Dr. Federico Ceppa, MD

    Director of Primary Care

    Dr. Federico Ceppa, MD

    Director of Primary Care

    Dr. Federico Ceppa joined LCH as Staff Physician in 2016, and in 2017 became Director of Primary Care. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing a primary care team of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants, and medical interpreters to ensure high quality clinical care for LCH patients. Dr. Ceppa is fluently bilingual in Spanish and English, and his surgical background and certification enables him to provide minor surgical procedures when needed to LCH patients. Dr. Ceppa holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College (Ohio), his M.D. from the Howard University College of Medicine, and American Board of Surgery certification. Prior to joining LCH’s staff, he spent two years as General Surgeon at Brandywine Hospital, followed by six years as General and Bariatric Surgeon at the Reading Hospital Weight Management Center.

  • Catherine Domanska Elliott, WHNP-BC

    Women's Health Medical Director

    Catherine Domanska Elliott, WHNP-BC

    Women's Health Medical Director

    Catherine is one of two providers at LCH who offer obstetrical and gynecological care. She has a passion for empowering and educating women so they can lead healthier lives. She has big plans for her time here at LCH, including growing the prenatal program and expanding available gynecological care. She is excited to be working within the LCH holistic model of care which works to meet the social, mental health and physical health needs of every patient. Catherine received her BSN and MSN in women’s health from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in anthropology from Vanderbilt University. Before joining LCH’s staff in 2014, Catherine worked at a private practice ob/gyn provider in Lancaster.

  • Amy Bastianelli, LCSW, MPH

    Director of Population Health

    Amy Bastianelli, LCSW, MPH

    Director of Population Health

    Amy Bastianelli currently serves as Director of Population Health at La Comunidad Hispana (LCH). She is responsible for organizational strategy, data integrity and analysis, developing and working collaboratively to improve key performance indicators for all of LCH’s various departments, and the agency’s Continuous Quality Improvement Plan. Ms. Bastianelli has expertise in community health, electronic health record (specifically GE Centricity) application maintenance and development, social determinants of health, program evaluation, and quality improvement. Her personal mission is to use data to tell stories that lead to amelioration of health disparities. Prior to joining LCH, Ms. Bastianelli worked in Delaware as a school social worker and in Intensive Outpatient care with children and adolescents. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and came to LCH in 2013 to establish integrated behavioral health services in primary care. Ms. Bastianelli is bilingual, with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Richmond in 2007 and a Masters of Public Health and Social Work from University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

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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

  • William O. LaMotte, Secretary

    Retired partner, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP

  • Chris Close, Treasurer

    CFO

  • Mark Audigier

    Director, Chatham Financial

  • Roberto Ayllon

    Supervisor, AJ Raymundo Mushroom Farm

  • Paloma Gaona

    Independent Contractor

  • Frank Lordi

    CEO & Managing Principal, ACLordi

  • Barbara Mancill

    Manager, Agency & Community Relations, UWCC

  • Pia McCann

    Manager, Minoan Management, LLC

  • Alice Moorhead (Emeritus)

    Social Services, MSW

  • Lydia Munoz

    Lead Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Open Door

  • Doug Nakashima

    Executive Director, Kennett Area YMCA

  • Emma Tapia

    Community Member and Volunteer

  • Domenic Vacca

    President, Stonebridge Consulting International

Our Values

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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