Centerville Clinics Officially Opens The Kenneth J Yablonski Health Center

Centerville Clinics officially opened its new Kenneth J. Yablonski Health Center in the Highland-Ridge section of Washington with an Open House in October that included tours of the new buildings, displays, and refreshments.

Named for the late President of the Board of Directors at the Clinics, the new Center is home to Washington Family Doctors, a two-story, 15,800 square foot medical building, and to Washington Behavioral Healthcare, a 9,800 square foot building. The facilities at 37 Highland Avenue and 27 Highland Avenue include separate, off-street parking.

Total cost of the project was approximately $5.1 million. Funding for the project came, in part, from a federal grant of $1.6 million made by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant helped support construction of the medical building.

Additional financial assistance for this project was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Centerville Clinics received a grant of $500,000 under Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), a program that focuses on projects that display significant potential for improving economic growth and creating jobs.

The new buildings mark another milestone for Centerville Clinics. In the 1990s, Kenneth J. Yablonski, then President of the Board of Directors of Centerville Clinics, recognized the need for Centerville Clinics services in the Washington area. He encouraged well-known family physician Charles J. Tripoli, M.D. to join the Centerville Clinics medical staff.

Washington Family Doctors opened its first office at 400 Locust Avenue in January 1999 with two physicians. As the practice grew, the offices were moved to 181 West Beau Street.

Today, Washington Family Doctors includes six full-time Family Practice physicians, a diabetic health counselor, a social worker, cardiopulmonary services, lab services and a drawing station. Two additional Family Practice physicians will join the practice later this year and dental services will be offered starting in early 2012.

Centerville Clinics opened its first behavioral healthcare facility at 775 N. Main Street in 1980, offering adult partial hospitalization. Adolescent services were added in 1981 and the facility was relocated several times until the new Washington Behavioral Healthcare site opened this year.
Services presently being offered include Adolescent and Adult Partial Hospitalization Services, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services. Family Based Services, and Blended Case Management.

Kenneth J. Yablonski, for whom the new Health Center in named, was elected President of the Board of Centerville Clinics in January 1973. As President, he followed in the footsteps of his father, the late Joseph A. Yablonski, whose vision and leadership led to the founding of Centerville Clinics in 1955.

Always willing to “go the extra mile” on behalf of the physicians, staff, and especially the patients of Centerville Clinics, Ken Yablonski led by example. He served as President until 1978, when he was succeeded by Michael Encrapera. In 1980, Mr. Yablonski was again elected President of the Board, and served until his untimely death in September 2002. Under his leadership, Centerville Clinics opened seven new sites, including Washington Family Doctors, expanded other locations, and successfully expanded its services in several areas of patient care.