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STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER Staffing at the Commonwealth Health Physician Network clinic in Laceyville includes, from left, receptionist Joanne Price; Tenisha Pedro, LPN; Mallory Racoski, physician assistant; Dr. Michael Brown; and Karon Crawford, LPN.

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DR. MICHAEL BROWN

Commonwealth Health Physician Network has expanded its Wyoming County operations.

On June 3, the medical provider opened a clinic on 417 Main St. in Laceyville.

“As part of a growing healthcare organization, Commonwealth Health Physician Network is investing to make medical care easily accessible in Wyoming County,” said Commonwealth spokesperson Annmarie Poslock. “We are excited to meet the needs of our patients in a comfortable, convenient location.”

With Laceyville falling on the more rural spectrum of the county, Commonwealth Health hoped to provide a convenient healthcare setting for its residents with the new clinic.

The closest Commonwealth Health facility prior to the clinic was Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.

“Access and convenience are important factors patients consider when looking for healthcare,” Poslock said. “Commonwealth Health Physician Network is proud to offer highly educated and well-trained professionals to provide high-quality care in Wyoming County.”

Dr. Michael Brown, Mallory Racoski (PA-C) and their staff are providing primary medical care at the Laceyville clinic in addition to the fourth floor of Tyler Memorial Hospital.

Joe Lech, who owns Lech’s Pharmacy in Laceyville, said Laceyville has always had a doctor in town, which is really all that’s needed with its small population.

Another doctor has been necessary in this area since Dr. Jill Sharer left PhysicianCare, he said, as it was difficult to find a replacement.

“The people had to travel further to get to a doctor, so having someone in the local community is certainly a convenience,” Lech said. “People would have to travel to Tunkhannock, Wyalusing or Towanda.”

Having a physician in town also makes getting prescriptions filled more convenient for people.

“I think every community of every size ought to have a physician and pharmacy to go to and not have to travel far,” he said.

Brown’s primary care office at Tyler, which is accepting new patients, still offers walk-ins Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The clinic accepts most major health insurances, including the Geisinger Health Plan, and is by appointment only.

New or established patients can schedule an appointment by calling 570-869-0120 or visiting cwhphysiciannetwork.net. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“[It] has received a very positive response from the community,” Poslock said.