Hello and thank you for considering Rural Health Corporation as your healthcare provider.
Whether you have medical, dental, or pharmaceutical needs, we are here to serve you! As a patient of Rural Health, you can expect the utmost quality care provided by our outstanding staff at any one of our 12 centers located throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania in Luzerne, Schuylkill, Sullivan & Wyoming counties.
If you are not already one of our patients, I want to provide you with a special welcome in addition to my personal commitment to provide you and your loved ones with both the clinical care and experience you have known and come to love at any one of our centers. Your healthcare team is comprised of highly trained, caring professionals who share my commitment.
Our centers are here to serve all of your primary care medical and dental needs. Our goal is to care for every patient and family as if they were our own, regardless of their ability to pay. Every time you step into one of our centers, you will experience a staff that faithfully upholds our core values:
towards each patient, each family, and every time.
So please feel free to explore our website and visit one of our centers close to home – where care is needed the most!
Again, it is very appreciated that you are considering Rural Health for your medical, dental, and pharmacy services. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Tiffany L. Tankalavage, MHA, MBA, CSSBB
President & CEO
In the late 1960s, many small towns in Northeastern Pennsylvania were facing the loss of medical care as an increasing number of physicians in rural communities were moving to or establishing their practices in our region’s cities and suburbs. Few were interested in a career as country doctors — solo practitioners, long working hours and no partners to share coverage. For many rural residents without transportation or insurance, accessing health care became a hardship. To meet the needs of the residents of the rural areas of Wyoming and Luzerne Counties for quality health care, concerned citizens and community leaders collaborated with the Federal Office of Health Affairs.
In 1970, Rural Health Corporation was established, becoming part of a national network of community health centers. Between 1971 and 1979, five family practice health centers, 3 of which continue to also provide dental care, were established in the rural communities of Wyoming and Luzerne Counties. A sixth practice site specializing in pediatrics was also established during this period and pharmacy services were made available to our patients. Rural Health Corporation’s last expansion was to the center of Wilkes-Barre wherein 1988 a special clinic was established to serve the area’s homeless.
Rural Health Corporation of NEPA receives HHS funding and has federal Public Health Service deemed status for itself and its covered employees.
Rural Health Corporation of NEPA is an FTCA Deemed Facility.
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).