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Mission, Vision & Values

Mission, Vision & Values


We provide excellent services that improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve.


The vision of the Laurel Health Centers is to be the provider and employer of choice for the communities we serve.


The values that guide our actions and the provision of services to those we serve include excellence, stewardship, compassion, and respect.

Excellence & Quality:
We are committed to maintaining the highest quality patient care and safety through continuous evaluation and innovative process improvement.
Stewardship & Integrity: We operate with the highest degree of integrity and are committed to responsible management of resources to ensure sustainability of our services to the community.
Compassion & Caring: Treat others as they wish to be treated, with respect, sensitivity and a genuine caring concern for all.
Respect & Dignity: We are committed to respecting the diversity, privacy and confidentiality of those we serve.

Federally Qualified Health Centers
The Laurel Health Centers are FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Centers) facilities, which means our mission is to serve the uninsured and underinsured for all residents of Tioga County, by offering services at reduced or no cost depending on income levels.

Sliding Fee Program:
As Federally Qualified Health Centers, we are able to oer discounted services to patients who have no insurance coverage for office visits (or a high insurance deductible) and are income qualified. If you think that you may qualify, please request further information from our office staff.

Pharmacy Discount Card Program:
Based on income, qualifying patients may purchase medications at a discounted rate from participating pharmacies.



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A History of the Laurel Health Centers

The history of the Laurel Health Centers can be traced back to the former Blossburg State General Hospital. Located at 520 Ruah Street in Blossburg, the hospital was built in 1890. Known as the Cottage State Hospital for Injured Persons of the Bituminous and Semi-Bituminous Coal Regions of Pennsylvania, it was established under the Act of June 14, 1887. The Hospital, constructed on eight acres of land donated by the residents of Blossburg, opened its doors on February 19, 1891.

The original building consisted of two wards built of wood forming the north and south wings of the central brick administration building. There was also an annex building for isolating contagious patients. In all, there were 39 beds in the main building and 12 in the annex. Supplemental buildings included an ice house, barn and open carriage shed.

The first physician was Dr. H. E. Caldwell, who was assisted by a matron, Mrs. A. E. Strait, and two nurses.

In 1917, a school for nurses was started at the Blossburg State General Hospital. The school closed in 1929. During its 12 years, the school graduated a total of 56 nurses.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania closed the Blossburg State General Hospital in 1972. Concerned about the loss of a medical facility in the immediate area, a group of Blossburg area residents organized North Penn Comprehensive Health Services (NPCHS), chartered as a non-profit organization. North Penn leased the former hospital building from the Commonwealth and opened its first family health center there in March of 1973. In 1974, the Mansfield Family Health Center was added, and, in 1975, the Cowanesque Valley Health Center.

Over the years, North Penn continued to grow and expand by adding other services in response to requests by area residents. Beginning in August 1973, North Penn Home and Center Services, now called Senior Support Services, began providing services to elderly residents. Exactly one year later, in August 1974, the Endless Mountains Treatment Center opened its doors to treat drug and alcohol patients.

North Penn Comprehensive Health Services continued to provide these services to Tioga County residents. In 1988, the organization entered a management contract with Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, its primary services were renamed the Laurel Health Centers and Laurel Behavioral Health.

As past history so clearly shows, improvement and expansion of community health care services relies on funding from local philanthropists. The Laurel Health Centers express their sincere gratitude for past support, and look to the Tioga County community for continued support in new endeavors.



location   6 Riverside Plaza

hours   Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

phone   570-638-2174

providers   Monica Wilkins, MD


location   32 East Lawrenceville Road

hours   Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

phone   570-827-0125

providers   Phyllis Scott, MD
   Kelly Carr, CS, MSN, FNP


location   7 Water St.

hours   Mon-Thu 7:30 am - 7 pm
   Fri 7:30 am - 5 pm
           Sat 8 am - 4:30 pm

phone   570-724-1010

providers   Olufemi Awosika, MD
   Edmund Guelig, MD
           Olivia Mays, CRNP
           Suzanne Stepanski, DO
           Donald Sweeney, DO
           Beth Weaver, CRNP
           Jackie Wiand, PA-C


location   103 Forestview Drive

hours   Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

phone   814-258-5117

providers   Matthew Heckman, MD
   Sara Ritchey, PA-C
           Jessica West, CRNP


location   416 South Main Street

hours   Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

phone   570-662-2002

providers   Maria Cruz, MD
   George Dy, MD
           Angie Dixon, CRNP


location   236 Main Street

hours   Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm

phone   814-367-5911

providers   Matthew Heckman, MD, PhD