St. Luke's Health Center in McAdoo was recently awarded a $200,000 grant via the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Community Primary Care Challenge Grant Program, which expands access to primary care by assisting patients with little or no insurance, as well as patients on Medicaid.

Awarding the highly competitve state grant were Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-124). Representing St. Luke's during the presentation were Bill Moyer, president, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital; Micah Gursky, director of development, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital; and Andrea Ulshafer, PA-C, physicians assistant at St. Luke's Health Center.

"St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital has a proud tradition of providing quality health care services," said Moyer. "Sen. Argall, I am grateful for your support for our community and our hospital. With the assistance of this grant, I am proud to say we will be able to continue providing the best patient care close to home at St. Luke's Health Center in McAdoo."

Boyer pointed out that the health center is important to the community by offering high quality services to the area.

Gursky added, "The grant also helps the center expand primary care to under serviced areas by adding additional operating hours."

Ulshafer, who has 17 years experience in her profession, stated, "With the grant funds secured, we are able to expand hours and days of service at our Health Center. We will be better able to accommodate patients in their community at times more convenient for them."

Argall also mentioned the partnership that made this grant possible.

"This competitive grant will expand primary care services and hours for local residents. I am appreciative of Bill's leadership to spearhead this local health facility to assist Pennsylvanians in need," said Argall. "This facility is also another step in the right direction for revitalization and ridding our communities of blighted homes and businesses."

"I'm pleased that this competitive grant was awarded to St. Luke's McAdoo," said Knowles. "Not only does this grant provide residents with a better primary care facility close to home, but it helps establish a better vision of hope for those who need it most."

The center, located at 14 North Kennedy Drive (Route 309), is offering extended hours, which is being paid for by the grant. The center will now be open to patients Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Laboratory services are also available Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.