Strausstown women get medical center preview

Submitted photo (left) Karen Miller, program committee, and Debra Wingenroth, Manager of Urgent Care and Work Care Services.

At their November meeting, the members of the Woman’s Club of Strausstown heard details of the soon-to-be-opened St. Joseph Health Network facility at the Strausstown Community Campus.

Karen Miller of the program committee, who also has served on the steering committee of the community campus, introduced Debra Wingenroth, Manager of Urgent Care and Work Care Services. Ms. Wingenroth described to the women the components of the center, which is set to open on Dec. 10. The Primary Care Family Practice will feature two doctors who will see patients by appointment. Along with the regular hours for doctor appointments, patients will be able to obtain laboratory services with no appointment necessary. Also in the building will be a radiology lab for routine x-rays and diagnostic EKGs.

In addition to these services, an urgent care center will see patients on a walk-in basis and for extended hours, every day except Christmas. The Work Care Occupational Medicine department will take care of worker’s compensation treatment, job-related physical exams, drug and alcohol testing, DOT exams, and many other services for employers and employees alike.

Along with Ms. Wingenroth, the group heard from Camille Stock, Vice-President of Development for the St. Joseph Health Network, who spoke about the opportunity for community members to contribute toward this amazing new facility in Strausstown. The waiting room and various suites in the building can be named in honor of, or in memory of someone, by individuals or groups who wish to make monetary gifts.

The Strausstown Fire Company and Community Campus has been a real spark-plug for the area, and the excitement surrounding the opening of the medical center is the culmination of all the work that has gone into the building that was once an empty elementary school. Local people were sad when Strausstown Elementary School closed, but now the community has a beautifully repurposed property which will benefit the entire population of the area.

The December meeting of the Woman’s Club of Strausstown will be the annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 11 in the recreation hall of the Strausstown Community Campus, catered by the Strausstown Fire Company.

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