Lower Bucks Hospital hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday to officially show off its new Community Health Center. It formally opens to the public ready to serve Monday, Aug. 5.
Located on Bath Road in Bristol, Lower Bucks Hospital takes in patients from the entire surrounding region. The new facility boasts walk-ins to anyone for $38.
“The Health Center will offer discounted pricing for patients without insurance and offer primary care physicians for those who don’t have a primary care doc,” Lower Bucks Hospital CEO Michael Motte said. “That’s facility and also the doctor.”
While it is designed for everyday illnesses and non-life threatening injuries, the Community Health Center can handle a wide array of cases.
Motte laid out a few examples: colds, flu, fever, asthma, allergies, minor skin lacerations, cuts, burns, urinary tract infection, sports injuries, fractures, sprains, strains.
Regional CEO Dr. Sonia Mehta told the hallway packed full of attendees this opening was three years in the making.
“I’m really happy it’s coming to fruition right now,” Mehta said. “This will help all of our residence, who will be our future doctors serving in this community. They will get trained in this clinic.”
Several local politicians also attended to show their support. State Senator Tommy Tomlinson and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick also spoke to the crowd.
“Over 400 doctors and professionals and over 700 from the community work in this hospital, serving 150,000 per year,” Tomlinson said. “Congratulations to the thinking, and the planning, and the work that went into do this because I think it’s a wonderful idea. The cost is amazing. I’m a little shocked. That’s great news that if you don’t have insurance you’re still going to get some coverage.”
“Thank you for your vision,” Congressman Fitzpatrick said. “You have a lot of public officials that stand here ready to support you and a lot of community members that desperately need this hospital to survive. Everybody here knows that the healthcare system is under tremendous stress right now, and we all have to pull together to get through that.”
Lower Bucks Hospital CEO Michael Motte spoke with WBCB in an interview to discuss the new Community Health Center and direction of the organization overall. The full conversation is here.