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FOREST CITY, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There’s big medical news for a small community in Susquehanna County.

The Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers says it is planning to build a new family health center in Forest City.

The site of a former American Legion Post on Dundaff Street is about to come alive again.

As renderings show, it will soon be turned into a new family health center at a price tag of about one million dollars.

“I think it’s fantastic. I think it’s fantastic. There’s going to be a lot more room. I love the fact that they’ll have the lab there. That will save me a trip to another lab,” patient Carol Gilliotti of Carbondale said.

Carol Gilliotti of Carbondale is currently a patient at the McAndrew Family Health Center in Vandling.

That facility, which has been open for decades, is running out of space.

There isn’t much parking and the exam rooms are cramped.

The new facility being planned will replace this one.

“I think it’s a great opportunity and I think there’s a lot more potential to do a lot of good things down the road,” Dr. David Tomazic with the McAndrew Family Health Center.

Besides having more exam rooms and services, healthcare providers say having the new building in Forest City borough will make it easier for many patients without cars to get there.

Krista Hollis, Certified Registered Nurse Practioner)
“We do have quite a lot of patients that have to use transportation services so I think it will be beneficial for them,” certified registered nurse practitioner Krista Hollis said.

Demolition of the old American Legion should start around May 1.

Officials are hoping to have the new facility open by early next year.

While the McAndrew Family Health Center has been the place many patients have grown-up, they say change isn’t a bad thing.

“It’s kind of small so it will be nice to have something new,” Gilliotti said.

Wayne Memorial Hospital has greatly increased its presence in the Forest City area after Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale closed its doors several years ago.

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