St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary

On Tuesday, October 25 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., our own St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, at 136 Mill Street, Princeton celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary with a very special event. Guests first signed up for prizes, were given a tote bag and then were given a tour of the facility. Each department gave out their own gifts such as: cider and fudge, water bottles, band aid and alcohol swab kit, chap stick, tick remover, and toothbrushes from the new dental department.

Outside an enclosed canopy was set up for a buffet and music. The buffet included chili (including vegan style), pulled pork sliders, cole slaw, corn muffins, hot/cold beverages, two commemorative cakes and ice cream from the Darlings Ice Cream Truck which collected donations for the dental center. Music was provided by the Grand Lake Stream Wildcat’s Uke Group. It was too bad the weather wasn’t as nice as last week but there was good attendance at this special event.

We feel fortunate that a group of caring citizens initiated the process which resulted in local heath care for Princeton. The first and original Health Center was located on Main Street and had one medical provider, a nurse, and a receptionist. In 1998 the health center moved into their current building. There were only enough funds to complete the top floor of the two story building, but the first floor space has been worked on over the past couple of years and is now complete thanks to a grant. They currently offer the following services: family medicine, health for women, health for men, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, laboratory, prescription assistance, health education and now dental care.

Also there is help with insurance questions; finding the least expensive prescription drugs (they saved patients over $142,000 last year in costs); and a group for pre-diabetic advice. Currently, there is one dentist available on Wednesdays and services are provided on a sliding scale.

Another new service is the Urgent Care Program. Provider Tara Dwelley APRN NPC. will be available from Tuesday-Friday 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. on a first come first serve basis. For services, the person must be an established patient at the health center and must have an acute problem such as: cough, fever, influenza, upper respiratory illness, asthma and COPD issues, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal issues, urinary infections, headaches, joint injuries or rashes. Note that “Urgent care is not intended to be an emergency room, and does not replace your regularly scheduled appointments. If you have a life-threatening or emergency issue call, 911 or go to your local hospital’s emergency department immediately.”

Princeton may be a small community but we greatly appreciate having such a wonderful health center. Note that it is open Monday-Wednesday from 8:30-5:00, Thursday until 7:00 p.m. and Friday to 11:30 a.m. Phone at (207) 796-5503.