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New urgent care center to open in Slate Belt

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 09:04:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 19 2013 09:28:47 AM CDT

LVHN Bangor plan

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. -

The Lehigh Valley Health Network will open a new urgent care center in Washington Twp., Northampton Co. early next year.

It will be called the Health Center at Bangor. The center will be located at the former Majestic Athletic Factory Outlet in the Bangor Plaza on Blue Valley Drive.

A town hall meeting was held on Monday at the Washington Township Fire Hall to inform the community of plans for the center. 

A total of 225 people pre-registered to attend the meeting.

Construction has already begun on the campus that will contain 30 full time employees on its 32,000 square foot campus.

It will be open 12 hours a day during the week and eight hours a day on the weekend.

Many health care services will be offered on site, such as physical therapy, chemotherapy, digital x-rays, and breast health services.

"This health center will be a good starting point for the community to get health care in their own area," said Brian Downs, media relations director for the Lehigh Valley Health Network. "The community has expressed interest for this center to be in the area."

While there were citizens in attendance who felt the same as Downs, there were those who felt differently.

Some people were disappointed by the services offered because they felt as though their families' needs would not be met at the health center.

However, one of the main reasons the staff held the meeting Tuesday night was to hear the community's requests so they can use the additional 18,000 square feet of land they have to offer more services needed by those in the area in the future.

Open houses will be held for the community before its tentative scheduled opening of February 3, 2014.