MECHANICSBURG, PA – Sadler Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health and support services at its facilities in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, is pleased to announce receipt of a $2 million state grant toward its project to open an additional medical center in Hampden Township.
Sadler Health Center was awarded funding in the latest round of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for its plan to renovate a property at 5210 East Trindle Road, located just east of Mechanicsburg borough, into a new community health facility.
Total cost of the project is estimated at $6.5 million, according to Manal El Harrak, Sadler’s CEO. Construction is expected to begin in the spring, with the facility opening in the first quarter of 2023, El Harrak said. The Ready…Set…Grow Capital Campaign, with a goal of $3 million is underway to educate the community about Sadler services and provide the opportunity to support the project. Additional funding will come from individual donors, businesses and foundations.
With roots going back to the 1920s, Sadler operates health centers in downtown Carlisle and in Loysville, Perry County. Sadler is a Federally Qualified Health Center, receiving additional support through Medicare and Medicaid for providing community health services.
Once fully operational, the 21,800-square-foot Hampden Township center will allow Sadler to serve an additional 8,000 patients with pediatric and adult primary care, dental, behavioral health, addiction recovery, insurance enrollment assistance and other support services.
Sadler’s leadership cited ongoing health care disparities in Cumberland County, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the primary driver of the decision to add a third location.
Medicaid enrollment in October 2021, the most recent data point published by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was 19.5% higher than in October 2019, the same month pre-pandemic, with nearly 3.4 million Pennsylvanians enrolled in medical assistance.
Cumberland County has had the highest jump of Medicaid enrollment during COVID-19 of any county in the state, at 31.5%, with nearly 10,700 more county residents covered by the benefit in October 2021 versus two years earlier.
Sadler Health Center
Serving nearly 10,000 patients per year, Sadler Health Center provides comprehensive primary care, dental care and behavior health services at its facility in downtown Carlisle and dental care at its Perry County location. With a history that goes back to the 1920’s, Sadler Health Center has evolved over the years and in 2015 was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center whose mission is to advance the health of our community by providing integrated, high-quality and compassionate care.