New Health Clinic Seeking Public Input

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HAMLIN - People who live in southern Wayne County will soon have a new place to go for their health care needs.

Wayne Memorial Health System plans to open a new family health center in a few months in a former elementary school in Hamlin.

Contractors are busy inside the former Hamlin Elementary Center transforming the place into a family health center.

It will be a place where folks can see a doctor, by appointment or walk-in, have lab-work done and lots more.

"It's really to meet the community's needs. Wayne and Pike county communities have generally been designated as underserved areas, our goal is to help fill the gap there," said Fred Jackson, Executive Director of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers.

The facility has not been a school for a couple of years and Wayne Memorial Health System plans to move-in along Route 191 and offer a more convenient location for patients to get health care.

"I think it'd be wonderful for the area. We either got to go to Honesdale which is 15 miles for me or Scranton which is further yet, 20 some miles away," said Bob Kwortnik of Ledgedale.

Some they look forward to having the health center so close to home.

"That's cool, yeah because if they have to take your blood thing, because it's close," said Dolores Moore of Hamlin.

Part of the old elementary school is being used as a congressman's office, the other half will be the new clinic later this spring. For now, Wayne Memorial Health Systems wants to find out from the public what services they want to see there and what timeframe they want them to operate.

"We're looking at 12 hour days, is the opportune time 9-9, 7-7, 8-8?" said Jackson.

So before the clinic is ready for its first patients, the community has a chance to fill out a survey for the newest Wayne Memorial Community Health Center, set to open by late spring.