STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A new health care facility has officially replaced the former Planned Parenthood building in downtown Stroudsburg.
Last summer, Novus ACS in Bethlehem started seeing an uptick in patients after Planned Parenthood closed. The founder decided to fill the void by expanding services locally.
Monday marked opening day at the new Novus ACS in Stroudsburg.
“Well, everyone’s excited that we’re here,” smiles Susana Garcia, Nurse Practitioner.
Monday through Friday, medical specialists provide free testing and treatment for STD’s and HIV. There’s also a PrEP pill, which helps prevent HIV transmission. Patients can walk in or book an appointment.
“It’s a non-judgemental kind of safe place to come for people for testing,” explains Michael Schaadt, Office Manager.
Extensive interior and exterior renovations went into the building. The goal was to make it warm and welcoming.
“It’s neat to see people who knew the building before just come in and they’re wowed by how it’s changed,” Schaadt adds.
In 2013, the original Novus ACS opened in Bethlehem, Northampton County.
“It’s been huge. I mean, it has taken off just dramatically and has really grown in a relatively short amount of time,” Schaadt says.
And the practice became even busier when Stroudsburg’s Planned Parenthood closed last August.
“We’ve had a lot of young people coming from the Stroudsburg area for testing and treatment. A lot. We’ve been inundated, actually,” Garcia explains.
Staff noticed Monroe County became underserved. There was a huge unmet need, especially with East Stroudsburg University nearby.
“We weren’t open last week and were already accommodating people,” Schaadt says.
The new location has six staff members and the goal is to expand in the future.
Stroudsburg office information: (570) 599-8699 // NovusStroudsburg@NovusACS.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://novusacs.com/