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Allied Services staff members and Dr. James Mattucci of Orthopedic Consultants of Wyoming Valley pose for a photo.The company and Mattucci are collaborating to bring a rehabilitation center to Berwick this year.

BERWICK — Berwick residents who need different types of therapy and care from specialists will soon have an option closer to home.

Allied Services, a Northeastern Pennsylvania-based health care system, is preparing to debut a 4,500 square-foot rehabilitation center and medical complex in the borough. The center will be located at 118 E. Third St. and construction is expected to begin with the next month or so. The company is examining bids for the project, which is estimated to total $300,000 to $500,000.

“We’re at the tail end of our design phase,” said Robert Cole, Allied senior vice president. He said construction should be complete by the end of June or the beginning of July.

The center will include the following:

• Sports and orthopaedic rehab

• Pain management

• Post-discharge wellness

• Prehab

“As we look at the population centers and where they are, we thought there was real opportunity to bring those services here,” Cole said of Berwick.

He noted that occupational and speech therapy may also be offered later on down the road if there is a demand for it. Besides physical therapy, there is also a need for more medical specialists in Berwick, specifically podiatrists, urologists, neurologists, and orthopedic surgeons, said Tina McCarthy, executive director of physician relations and marketing.

Allied conducted a marketing analysis to determine what specialists were most needed. Currently, Berwick area residents have to travel to Wilkes-Barre, Bloomsburg, and Danville to be seen by specialists. They also have to deal with longer wait times for appointments.

Dr. James Mattucci, of the Orthopedic Consultants of Wyoming Valley, is working in conjunction with Allied on the project. The Berwick native will also be offering his services at the center and said part of the plan is to recruit doctors from Luzerne and Columbia counties.

Mattucci and Allied administrators also want to find out from physicians in Berwick what types of specialists they frequently refer their patients to.

“We’re trying to tailor based on needs,” he said. “This is to serve the patients and the physicians in the community.”

Allied plans to host a series of gatherings and presentations in the near future for various medical professionals in the Berwick area so both sides are working together toward a common goal.