Pennsylvania county split on building health center for county employees

The Northampton County, Pa., city council is split on a proposal that would build a health center for county employees run by Hamilton, N.J.-based Integrity Health, WFMZ reported Nov. 21.

In favor of the proposal, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure argued that the health center would save millions of taxpayer dollars. City council members have objected to the project because they know too little about the project and they are unclear why the county needs another health firm to run a primary care center when it already has Bethlehem, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network and Easton, Pa.-based St. Luke’s University Health network.

The clinic would cost $2.5 million to set up and $800,000 to run per year. The city council will vote on the ordinance on Dec. 1.

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