Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania
In the late 1960s, many small towns in Northeastern Pennsylvania were facing the loss of medical care as an increasing number of physicians in rural communities were moving to or establishing their practices in our region’s cities and suburbs. Few were interested in a career as country doctors — solo practitioners, long working hours and no partners to share coverage. For many rural residents without transportation or insurance, accessing healthcare became a hardship.
To meet the needs of the residents of the rural areas of Wyoming and Luzerne Counties for quality healthcare, concerned citizens and community leaders collaborated with the Federal Office of Health Affairs. In 1970, Rural Health Corporation was established, becoming part of a national network of community health centers.
Between 1971 and 1979, five family practice health centers, 3 of which continue to also provide dental care, were established in the rural communities of Wyoming and Luzerne Counties.
A sixth practice site specializing in pediatrics was also established during this period and pharmacy services were made available to our patients. Rural Health Corporation’s last expansion was to the center of Wilkes-Barre where in 1988 a special clinic was established to serve the area’s homeless.
Today, Rural Health Corporation provides comprehensive healthcare to children, adolescents and adults at six locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. We offer many insurance options which include most commercial insurances, CHIP, Medicare and Medical Assistance. We also have a sliding fee program for lower income families.