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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
 

Connellsville has something no other community in the Fay-West area has — a facility that offers free primary health care to those who don't have insurance.

Wesley Health Center opened 20 years ago from the vision of the Rev. Eugene Ankeny, then-pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, and local physician Dr. J. Miller Oppy.

Since then, both the center's mission and its community support have been strong.

Over two decades, the facility has added various services, including an oral-screening clinic and a retinal-screening area, and it has retained the assistance of local physicians and other volunteers. The volunteers, along with board members, have worked tirelessly to provide care to the uninsured.

Grants have helped the center expand and purchased up-to-date medical equipment.

Twenty years later, the facility still charges nothing to its patients. It operates solely on donations, fundraisers and grants. In no small measure, it's success reflects the support from the community.

We congratulate those who years ago saw a need and worked diligently to find a way to open a center that today provides an important resource to many in the Fay-West area.

And we congratulate those who have worked hard to ensure that the Wesley Health Center would not only succeed, as originally envisioned, but also grow in its services.

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