A former nightclub in Carbon County is becoming a rural health center for St. Luke's University Health Network.
The health network will host a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the new Lansford Medical Office Building at 100 W. Patterson St., Lansford, the site of the former Palace night club.
The office began seeing patients last month.
Providing better access to health care services in rural areas has become a hot-button issue as hospitals work to improve the care available to people in more remote areas.
The new clinic is St. Luke’s fourth federally designated rural health clinic in the coal country region. The others are located in Nesquehoning, Tamaqua and Ringtown.
These special clinics accept private insurances, Medical Assistance, Medicare and patients who are self-pay.
St. Luke’s rural health clinics handle over 12,000 patient visits annually.
The Lansford facility will provide preventive health and family medicine services; a physical therapy center offering occupational and speech therapy. The health network said it expects to add other specialty services in the future.