Partnerships to Foster a Healthy Community
UPMC Susquehanna is proud to partner with other organizations in the community in the hopes of strengthening our area and improving the health of our neighbors.
UPMC Susquehanna's commitment to improving the health of the people we serve has led to the development and implementation of many programs and partnerships that help foster a healthy community. Resources including dedicated service partners and medical staff, education, facilities, time and money are invested and reinvested to benefit the community and improve quality of life.
Our Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) helps first-time, low-income moms-to-be start a healthy family. During her pregnancy, each new mother is partnered with a registered nurse who makes home visits to provide assistance with mom’s and baby’s health until the child is two years old. The nurse also helps the mom develop parenting skills and family goals, achieve home safety and connect with resources for community services and continuing education.
In 2016, UPMC Susquehanna partnered with more than 10 local agencies, institutions and organizations within Lycoming and Tioga counties to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to better understand the community and its unique chronic health issues and needs.
This latest assessment included interviews with key stakeholders including, but not limited to:
- Albright Life and Albright Care Services
- Community Services Group
- Family Practice Centers
- Larson Design Group
- Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition
- Mansfield University
- Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Pennsylvania Department of Health (Lycoming County)
- Pennsylvania Department of Health (Tioga County)
- Penn State Extension
- River Valley Health and Dental Center
- STEP Early Head Start and Office of Aging
- Tioga County Planning Commission
- Tioga Partnership for Community Health
- Wellsboro School District
- YWCA of Northeastern PA
The results indicated that current critical health and quality of life issues in our service area include:
- substance abuse
- lack of mental health services
- heart disease
- financial barriers
- lack of preventative care
- lack of health knowledge
- need for primary care physicians
Over the next three years, we will continue our work with local agencies and healthcare organizations to develop sustainable solutions that help our community rise above these challenges.
In 2015, UPMC Susquehanna's LifeCenter moved its location to the new YMCA in Williamsport. Throughout the year, greater than 28,000 people were served through the special programs and screenings offered, often at a reduced fee or free of charge, to the community.
With an emphasis on wellness and achieving a healthy lifestyle, The LifeCenter’s offerings include:
- consultations on nutrition, weight management, cholesterol management and stress reduction
- daily heart rate, oxygen level and blood pressure screenings
- health screenings for bone density, body fat percentage, hearing, vision and BMI tests
- height and weight checks for infants, children and adults
- physician-led programs on a variety of health topics
- referrals to special services and community agencies
- self-care reference materials for general health issues, weight management, nutrition and healthy aging
- Safe Sitter program for teens
In addition, UPMC Susquehanna, The LifeCenter and the YMCA along with a number of individuals and organizations partnered with the Salvation Army to grow a Red Shield Community Garden on land donated by the health system for that purpose. Master Gardener Sid Furst refers to the project as the “Garden of Miracles” because everything needed for the garden, including the raised bed boxes, was donated. Greater than 14 local organizations and individuals sponsored and grew their own plots. Fresh produce is donated to feed local families and to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to reduce food insecurity across the area.
For more than two decades, UPMC Susquehanna has partnered with the Little League Baseball World Series to provide a team of medical professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, athletic trainers and medical students to offer healthcare to the young athletes, coaches and umpires during the summer games. Medical team preparation for the Little League Baseball World Series games begins months in advance with strategic planning meetings, health reports and medical supply inventories.
Year-round sports medicine coverage is also provided to young athletes through our Sports Medicine department to area school athletic programs. Twenty-two athletic trainers work on site in 17 area high schools and 2 colleges to provide healthcare to student athletes. This community benefit includes a $224,000 investment in our local high schools.