Share This Page

Wesley Health Center: Community care & more

| 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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.