New health center to open in Oil City next month

Primary Health Network will open its new Oil City Health Center on the city’s North Side on Jan. 6.

The new business, located in the former Twin Creeks Head Start Center Building at 811 Grandview Road, will offer family medicine and behavioral health services.

It is part of the Primary Health Network, listed as Pennsylvania’s largest community health center organization.

Drew Pierce, CEO of the Primary Health Network, said, “Our organization has experienced exponential growth in the past five years. We have seen the need for quality medical care to be offered in Venango County and look forward to serving the community.”

Family medicine services will be provided by Ryan Ochalek, CRNP. Behavioral health providers will include Diane Brooks, LPC and Deborah Martin, CRNP.

The site will also have about 15 support staff members.

Primary Health Network has adapted to a changing healthcare market and participates in most managed care plans, processes most insurances, and offers a sliding fee discount scale to eligible patients, noted the company.

The business also contracts with local pharmacies to provide the patients with affordable prescription prices.

Darling’s Oil City Pharmacy, owned and operated by Chris Darling, will be located within the Oil City Health Center and will offer 340B pricing to those Primary Health Network patients who qualify.

In addition, Primary Health Network will offer the MyPHN mobile app to their patients. MyPHN offers a variety of features such as location information, service details, and articles on health topics.

MyPHN also provides easy access to Primary Health Network’s Patient Portal, where patients have the ability to request an appointment, pay their bill, request prescription refills, and much more!

Pierce said the Primary Health Network serves more than 118,000 patients through health, educational, and enabling services.

Additional information on Primary Health Network’s services and programs is available on its website at

Choosing Oil City

The business signed a lease to rent the facility in the city’s Hasson Heights neighborhood in November 2018.

The lease was granted by the MB Grandview LLC group that owns the structure, built to originally house the Prudential Life Insurance offices.

David Brody, a Pittsburgh resident who has redeveloped several commercial sites in the area, is a partner in MB Grandview.

Earlier this year, the company filed a building permit that listed estimated construction costs at $398,000 for interior renovations.

Primary Health Network, founded in 1984 as the Shenango Valley Primary Health Care Center, is a private and non-profit organization. The organization says it is the largest federally qualified health center in Pennsylvania.

There are more than 45 sites in 16 counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In this area, Primary Health Network offices are in Titusville, Sandy Lake and Clarion. They are staffed by physicians, dentists, physician assistants and other health professionals.

The organization lists more than 600 employees who serve more than 118,000 patients each year.