Programs for Those in Need
Our first health priority is improving access to care for the underserved in our community. If you or someone you know is uninsured or has a low-income level and is in need of any of the services below, LGH and our community partners have programs that may be able to help. Please call the numbers listed below for more information.
- Project Access Lancaster County (PALCO): A physician-led volunteer network of local medical professionals and members of the Lancaster City & County Medical Society who have joined together to give low-income/uninsured people who do not qualify for government assistance access to medical care and preventative medicine. For a list of participating physicians and/or an application, call or e-mail Lisa Riffanacht at PALCO, 717-392-1595.
- Assistance with Prescription Medications: If you need prescription medication(s) that you cannot afford, please contact PALCO for assistance at (717) 392-1595 ext. 104 or via email at email@example.com. You do not need to be enrolled in PALCO to use this service. The following websites also provide information: www.needymeds.org; www.caremark.com/naco; www.rxhope.com/Patient/Home.aspx.
- Child Vaccines: Free immunizations are available January through November at Liberty Fire Company in New Holland, Bart Township Fire Company in Bart, Columbia Outpatient Center in Columbia and the Family Center of Gap in Gap for children (from birth to age 18) without health insurance and for those enrolled in Medical Assistance through the federally-funded Vaccines for Children program. No appointments are necessary; however, you must bring your child’s up to date immunization record. Children whose insurance does not cover immunizations may receive free immunizations by contacting the following organizations: PA Department of Health Services at 717-299-7597, South East Lancaster Health Services at 717-299-6371 or Welsh Mountain Medical and Dental Center at 717-354-4711. For a 2013 schedule, click here.
- Comprehensive Care Medicine: A team of healthcare professionals who provide care for patients living with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis. We have extensive experience and understand the unique challenges of caring for people with HIV. Started in 1997, the team remains committed to its mission of providing primary care and HIV-specific specialty care for adults who are now living long-term with this chronic disease. For more information, click here or call 717-544-4943.
- Dental Access Lancaster County (DALCO) is a dentist-led volunteer network of local medical professionals and members of the Lancaster County Dental Society who have joined together to give low-income/uninsured people access to preventive and restorative dental care. For an application, click here. If you have questions, please contact Christine Eyer, DALCO Coordinator, at 717-544-3279.
- Domestic Violence Resources: If you are being abused and need help, call the police or the Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County Hotline at 717-299-1249 as soon as possible. Domestic violence is a public health issue. It impacts more women than heart disease, diabetes or cancer. As a community-based health care system, we have an opportunity to help to prevent domestic violence and assist victims. Our domestic violence program includes community education projects, training for medical staff on identifying and sensitively responding to victims in a safe and confidential setting, and a Domestic Violence Employee Awareness and Assistance Policy. For details, click here. To order resource materials such as posters or wallet cards, please call 717-544-3811.
- HIV Testing: No appointment is needed for this free, confidential test, which is available Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays from 1-6 p.m. at the Comprehensive Care Center, 554 N. Duke St., 3rd floor (across the street from Lancaster General Hospital). Results are available in 20 minutes. For more information, call 717-544-4943.
- Mammograms: Through Susan G Komen for the Cure Philadelphia, we can provide yearly screening mammograms free of charge for income-eligible women with limited or no insurance. The Healthy Woman program may also provide cancer screening, diagnostic services, and cancer treatment for income-eligible women. Please contact our Program Coordinator at 717-544-3285 for more info or to schedule an appointment.
- PAP tests, STD Screening & Birth Control: The Women’s Health Services/Select Plan Center at 531 N. Lime St. offers these services at no charge for income-eligible women. All teens under age 18 receive free services. Call 717-544-4320 for more info. Saturday and evening appointments are available.
- Quit Tobacco Programs: Free weekly group classes and individual counseling that can help you to develop a personalized quit plan and manage your cravings so you quit tobacco for good. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available. For more information click here.
Programs for Pregnant Women:
- Healthy Beginnings Plus is for pregnant women who are eligible for Medical Assistance. Through this program, you can make sure that you and your baby receives the best medical care possible. You can also take childbirth, exercise, nutrition, and breastfeeding classes. If you do not have insurance, or your insurance does not fully cover prenatal care, please contact us for more information at 717-544-4305, via email wellness@LGHealth.org, or click here.
- Nurse-Family Partnership is a free program that helps first-time low-income mothers and their infants receive healthcare services, health education, emotional support and guidance. If you enroll, a specially- trained registered nurse will visit you in your home throughout your pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is two years old. Your private visits will be in your home. Your nurse will also help you with your educational and job goals. The program has 30 years of research proving that mothers and babies who complete the program have healthier babies with better outcomes. If you are interested in applying for this program, please call 717-544-1952 before your 26th week of pregnancy or email wellness@LGHealth.org.
Sexual Assault Support Programs:
- Adults: If you or a loved one is the victim of a sexual assault, please come to the Emergency Department located at 555 N. Duke Street or go to a safe location and call the police or the YWCA Sexual Assault Hotline at 717-392-7273 as soon as possible. A Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) is an Emergency Department nurse who has received additional training in the evaluation of and evidence collection from victims of sexual assault will be able to help you. For more information about our programs, click here.
- Children: The Lancaster County Children’s Alliance (LCA) provides children who are victims of sexual abuse and their families with comprehensive services within a child-friendly environment. As a child advocacy center (CAC), LCA brings together various members of child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, victim advocacy, medical and mental health communities to form a multidisciplinary team to assist the children. For more information about the LCA, click here.