“The mission of KRHC is to provide quality, affordable, accessible, and comprehensive health services to the counties we serve.”
Our mission statement exemplifies our attitude both toward each other and toward the communities in which we serve. KRHC serves Elk, Cameron, and McKean counties with medical offices in Emporium and Ridgway and dental offices in Emporium, Kersey, Johnsonburg, and Kane. Bradford Dental is set to open this year, 2022.
Our organization continues to grow in order to provide much needed health and dental services to rural communities throughout Northern and Central Pennsylvania. The current service and success of the Keystone Rural Health Consortia, Inc. would not have been possible without the support of the community, past and present, the dedicated staff and committed board of directors, and the commitment shown by numerous individuals over the years.
The Keystone Rural Health Consortia, Inc. began operations on February 2, 1976, in Emporium, PA.
In 1976 a group of Cameron County residents concerned about the availability and access to primary care services in Emporium and surrounding areas established the ground work and basis for which the Cameron County Health Center has grown. The land in which the Cameron County Health Center now stands was made available through the help of Mrs. Ida Grimone and the Emporium Foundation. The building was constructed through generous donations from the community. The health center would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the original officers, which included Francis Higgins, Nesta Morrison, Don Sestina, Patricia McBride, Bob Baldwin, Anne Spotts, Michael Fragale, and Albert Metz.
In the fall of 2002, it was with Homer Grimm’s vision and initiative to better serve the community with which the Cameron County Dental Center was built. This Dental Center now adjoins the Cameron County Health Care Center building.
The Johnsonburg Dental Center, located in Elk County, PA, was opened in 2005 after it was determined that there was a need to serve this area with a community dental care facility.
As Keystone Rural Health Consortia, Inc. saw the increased need for additional service sites for both medical and dental access, four new sites were added to serve the Elk and McKean County areas. Fox Township Dental Center and Ridgway Medical Center opened in early 2016. Our latest addition and our first site in McKean County came February 2018 in Kane, PA. With the closure of two hospital based Dental offices there was a large and immediate need for dental services in this area.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Keystone Rural Health Consortia, Inc. (KRHC) has its operations and finances carefully reviewed and regulated by the federal government.
Oversight is conducted by the Bureau of Primary Health Care, within the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Both agencies are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
KRHC 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).
Additionally, in order to maintain and improve our quality of care and our patient services, KRHC conducts ongoing patient evaluation surveys at each of our sites. Patients are asked to voluntarily respond to a questionnaire and are given the opportunity to provide detailed information about their experience at any of our KRHC facilities. Survey results are carefully reviewed by the Executive Director and the Quality Improvement Committee, and then shared with the Board of Directors and staff.
Our patients have both rights and responsibilities in their medical treatment. KRHC’s Statement of Patient Rights and Responsibilities is posted at each health center and administrative office.
If you have questions or concerns about significant issues in the delivery of care, policies and procedures, finances and billing, or other areas of KRHC’s operations, please call our CEO at (814)486-1115.