Annabelle & James Rogers
Services are expanding in Sullivan County, PA
Known as the “Gem of the Endless Mountains,” Sullivan County is an entirely rural community. Amid the splendor of this beautiful area is one medical clinic with one full-time physician for the county’s more than 6,430 residents. Without this clinic, patients would have to drive 45 minutes to see another doctor.
Until recently, access to dental care has also been difficult, with only one full-time dentist practicing in the county. But through the advocacy of Jim and Annabelle Rogers of Laporte, PA, and the support of the community, Sullivan County Action, Inc. opened a dental clinic in donated space at the medical clinic. Because of our donors, the dental staff has expanded to include a full-time dental hygienist, two part-time dentists, a part-time dental assistant, and three volunteer dentists who each provide services one day a month. The staff offers convenient access to cleanings, screenings, and dental care education for patients of all ages and all incomes.
The Rogers have been Sullivan County Action, Inc., volunteers for the past two decades. In cooperation with board members of Sullivan County Action, Inc., Jim led the effort that helped foster a partnership between Geisinger Health system and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), which owns and the operates the medical clinic.
Recently Jim and Annabelle made a five-year pledge to support health and dental care in Sullivan County. In addition to the Rogers, additional donor monies are currently supporting the operations of the dental clinic and providing the groundwork for other critical programs in the county, such as ongoing training for EMS providers, videoconferencing for offsite training, plus telemedicine programs and digital X-rays anticipated for 2013.
“Our partnership with Geisinger impacts the health of our residents,” says Jim. “Annabelle and I have pledged to support this commitment because of the great need for services in our county.”
Help provide much-needed medical care in Sullivan County