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About: History Timeline

1973

July—Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS) began serving the Lebanon Community under the name Lebanon Family Planning. The offices were located at 411 North 8th Street. The agency was formed as a result of needs identified in the Lebanon community:

  • lack of female providers in the county for reproductive health care
  • citizens traveling to other counties for family planning services

During the first year, the agency served 300 women. Services were provided free to the indigent and low-income women.

1978

LFHS began a peer counseling program and hired an educator who worked with local schools to coordinate a peer counseling program. Currently LFHS serves as a resource/consultant for the teen contact/peer mediation programs throughout the county.

1980

LFHS added the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the Department of Agriculture and
administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

1981

The name was changed from Lebanon Family Planning to Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS) to reflect the diversity of services being offered.

1982

LFHS became self-sustaining. Funding for family planning on a national and state level was greatly reduced. The organization began charging full and part fee for services. As a result of the change in fee structure, the agency expanded its targeted population beyond low-income women.

1987

The Medical Awareness for Seniors program (Health Care for the Mature Woman) began in cooperation with the local Area Agency on Aging. The purpose was to serve women 50 years old and older free of charge to screen for reproductive related cancers.

1988

The Cancer Screening, Detection and Education Project was started. The program supplemented our Medical Awareness for Seniors Program.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program began as a special program within the WIC Program to provide clients coupons redeemable for Pennsylvania grown or growable produce.

1990

July—Lebanon Family Health Services assumed the operation of the prenatal program from Hershey Medical Center. The program was and continues to operate in cooperation with the Good Samaritan Family Practice Program.

2000

Fall—LFHS partnered with SARCC (Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center) to form an Alliance Project to begin plans to build a new facility to house both agencies.

2001

The State Health Department began providing free HIV testing at LFHS.

May—LFHS moved to a temporary location, 834 Cumberland Street.

2002

June 3—Groundbreaking for the new facility located at 615 Cumberland Street, Lebanon building shared with SARCC.

October—LFHS received tobacco control grant and training to begin offering “Clean Air For Healthy Children” smoking cessation education.

2003

March—LFHS moved into new facility, co-owned with SARCC located at 615 Cumberland Street.

April—Dedication of the Jeanne Donlevy Arnold building, 615 Cumberland Street.

2004

January—Staff trained by American Lung Association to provide Freedom From Smoking cessation classes to the public through grant from PA Dept of Health and Lebanon County Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

In April—Breastfeeding peer outreach coordinator position began in WIC to promote increased incidence and duration of breastfeeding.

2005

November—LFHS hosted the first annual “Celebrate Your Health…Latin Style” — health fair geared to Latino population.

2008

January—LFHS assumed the state STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) contract for Lebanon County — all individuals regardless of age or income eligible for free STI testing and treatment.

2009

May—LFHS began providing IUD insertions, employment physicals, TB testing, walk in Friday clinics

October—WIC food package revised to include whole grains, fruits and vegetables

2011

February—Added e‑screen drug screening services

2012

April—Hosted “Spring into Health…by making prevention a priority” walk-in STI testing week; served over 400 patients

October: Profit of the Year Award!

October: Fax to Quit Referral program began- referring patients/clients to Quitline for assistance with tobacco cessation services.

2013

40th anniversary for Lebanon Family Health Services – yearlong celebration & launch of new logo/look for LFHS

April: 10 year anniversary at 615 Cumberland Street

August: LFHS adds Sports Physicals to our outpatient physical servicesOctober 2013

October: LFHS expands tobacco services to Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties through Southeast tobacco program in addition to Lebanon County services funded by ALA

October: Partner with Lebanon Ridge for ACA marketplace enrollment provided in LFHS facility.

June 1st annual Cocktails and Comedy event held at the Cornwall Inn

August: Sports Physicals added to outpatient physical services

September: 40th Anniversary-Family Fun Walk and Benefit Classical Music Concert

October: 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Annual Dinner

October: Expanded tobacco control services to Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties

November: Partner with Lebanon Ridge for ACA marketplace enrollment provided at LFHS

2014

May: WIC celebrates 40th Anniversary nationally

June: 1st Annual Cocktails and Comedy event held at the Cornwall Inn

July: Initiated WE CAN (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) Program

July: 25th Annual Erma M. Kapp Memorial Golf Tournament held at Royal Oaks Golf Club

November: 10th Annual Celebrate Your Health Latin Style health fair held at Lebanon Middle School

March: LFHS is recipient of NFPRHA National Grant to support ACA enrollment efforts

April: 1st annual Splash of Color fundraising event held at the Lebanon Country Club

May: LFHS partners with Lebanon Valley Family YMCA to provide education in youth center

2015

June: The first annual “Farm to Table” event to promote WIC Farmer’s market Nutrition Program

June: Select Plan program ends

July: LFHS begins fingerprinting services

July: Electronic Health Records, Practice Management System “goes live” July 1

July: State Plan Amendment (SPA) Program begins July 1

October: Urgent Care Services begins; name later changed to Convenient Care

November: ACA open enrollment, year 3 begins November 1; LFHS staff/volunteers trained as Certified Application Counselors (CAC’s)

June: LFHS begins providing Diabetes Prevention Program

2016

January: LFHS begins accepting Aetna Better Health Insurance

March: WIC begins texting appointment reminder system

April: LFHS joins a community initiative called “Better Together”

May: Online Donor Perfect database system implemented and adds Instagram as additional social media outlet for LFHS.

June: LFHS begins providing Diabetes Prevention Program, funded by the American Lung Association.

July: Medent EHR System goes “live” for medical services.

2017

May: LFHS purchases Ready Set Auction software to enhance auction fundraising events.

July: Redesigned parenting class curriculums in cooperation with Domestic Violence Intervention to incorporate trauma awareness and resilience and ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Curriculum developed and implemented – Be the One: Building Resilient Children & Families (birth – age 8) and Be the One: Building Resilient Teens & Families (ages 9–18).

August: LFHS partners with Welsh Mountain Health Centers to provide a monthly walk in immunization clinic and primary care on site at LFHS.

October: Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART) program funding received from FHCCP as part of state Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

November: Cogent Fingerprint Services discontinued statewide.

2018

January: Kick off 45th anniversary celebration for LFHS.

April: LFHS and SARCC celebrate 80 years of combined service at a joint annual dinner meeting and kick off a Burn the Mortgage Campaign.

June: LFHS partners with ALA to develop the pilot program for Saved By The Scan.

October: WIC Program provides a full service monthly satellite clinic at the Caring Cupboard Food Pantry in Palmyra.

October: LFHS awarded REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant – funding from CDC to Penn State College of Medicine; LFHS sub-recipient through FHCCP. Nutrition/breastfeeding services and Diabetes Prevention Program for Latino population.

October: LFHS facilitators trained in Making Proud Choices, a curriculum as part of Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).

December: LFHS contract with WellSpan GSH as a Community Engagement Liaison to provide support for the Dixon Health and Wellness Center and Family First Health.

2019

April: Community Health Educator (REACH grant) position filled.

May: LFHS serves as internship site for Lebanon Valley College Athletic Training Program.

May: Lebanon City Schools agree to partner with LFHS to provide Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) for all 7th grade students beginning with 19/20 school year (8th grade also covered in 19/20 so all students receive education).

May: Final mortgage payment made to Fulton Financial! Burn the Mortgage Campaign (joint between LFHS and SARCC) a SUCCESS!

June: LFHS received notice of award of Collective Impact grant from the United Way to expand Be The One parenting curriculum into Lebanon School District.

July: Burn the Mortgage Celebration held in conjunction with SARCC

September: WIC Data System changed to PENN; WIC benefits now provided via EBT cards.

October: 15th anniversary “Celebrating Your Health…Latin Style” hosted at Lebanon Middle School.

2020

January: LFHS partners with WellSpan Foundations of Pregnancy Support Program (Opioid Use Disorder Program) with additional grant dollars awarded.

March: WIC recognizes 40th anniversary of services in Lebanon County.

March: COVID ‑19 PANDEMIC called for many changes in services including: All WIC visits are now telehealth visits with curbside pick-up of benefit cards, Prenatal appointments offered via telehealth, Family Planning Services offered via telehealth services with curbside pick-up of supplies, all education programs transition to teleconferencing/remote sessions (Freedom From Smoking, Be The One Parenting, Diabetes Prevention Program and Personal Responsibility Education Program) and multiple safety practices implemented.

June: LFHS hosts first virtual event – Splash of Color.

June: WIC FMNP vouchers increased to $6, offers $6 Grab Bags every Wednesday and offers monthly breastfeeding education and support via ZOOM.

July: All Sports Physicals are now free, Family Planning-Opioid Use Disorder Integration Project continued, LFHS can provide family planning to New Perspectives at White Deer Run

October: Lebanon Country CARES Act funding received — replace cloth furniture, install air purifiers, temperature screening equipment and disinfecting equipment.

November — Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness notice received, 30th anniversary of Travel & Leisure Auction

December- 1st Spanish Diabetes Prevention Program ends. 

2021

January — LFHS restructures staff positions and creates new organizational chart, incorporating VP of Communications and VP of Community Education. Billing Consultant hired. 

February- 2nd round of Paycheck Protection Program loan received. 

March — COVID-19 Pandemic — All WIC remains telehealth with curbside benefit pickups, Family Planning and Prenatal visits provided in person with telehealth options for some visit types. Partnership with Penn State Health to host vaccine clinic for patients and clients. Begins to offer WIC services on site a Family First Health one day per week. Engages with Click Upon to expand social media marketing for the organization. 

April — Partners with WellSpan Good Samaritan host COVID vaccine clinic for our patients and clients. Text to give added to allow communication with LFHS donors. All LFHS staff fully vaccinated for COVID-19; able to return to in person meetings. 

May — LFHS board mini strategic planning retreat. Painting & flooring work begins to redo entire facility.

June — WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program expands to provide benefits to infants six months and older. LFHS staff strategic planning session. 

Coming to LFHS for over 32 years

“Through various programs, LFHS helped me during times of financial struggle.”

Read Cindy’s story

UPDATES

COVID 19

PLEASE NOTE:  LFHS remains open! For the safety of all visitors to LFHS, please see the guidelines for the use of masks. 

Please continue to follow the recommended precautions of hand washing, and covering your mouth/nose if you sneeze. Finally, stay informed about the signs/symptoms of Coronavirus infection and the local resources being put in place at WellSpan. For this information, visit their website .

Information on Lebanon County Emergency Resources.