A Letter from the Medical Director

Dear Families and Friends of Sto-Rox Family Health and Center and Hilltop Community Health Center


What a difference a few months make! Three months ago, we were right in the holiday season and most of us had never heard of a Coronavirus.  Now, it’s a time of uncertainty and anxiety – and yes – we feel the stress.  It is okay to be a little overwhelmed during this time.  It’s hard to stay isolated.  It’s tough to not know if we can get the food or supplies we want at the store.  It’s scary to think about becoming very sick.

However, we want to remind you that we are here for you. We have put some measures in place for both your safety and the safety of our employees, but your health is still our priority.  During this period, we will be encouraging our patients to avoid unnecessary trips outside of their home and therefore will be conducting more visits via telehealth.  We ask that you call prior to arriving at our office as we will be able to help in many instances over the phone.  We have “right sized” our operations and have TEMPORARILY closed the Hilltop site.  This is in an effort to conserve our supplies, our staff and also have a site that we know is clear of infection.  We understand that this may cause some inconvenience for our Hilltop patients, but we truly believe this is a temporary situation and look forward to being able to fully operate both sites normally again in the future.

We would also like to remind our patients and families how important it is to practice social distancing and respect the shelter in place order. We are committed to keeping you and your families safe, but we need your help.  Whenever you interact with others, let your children have playdates or go to the park, you are increasing the risk of spread.  Our united goal needs to be to slow and decrease the spread of this scary infection.

Lastly, I’d like to share some important numbers with you. Remember we are always here for you, but if you feel you need emergent mental health help please call ReSolve at 1-888-7-YOU-CAN.  If your home is not a safe place to stay secondary to domestic violence please call Crisis Center North at 412-364-5556.  Also the United Way is still serving people through their 211 help line.

We are in this together and will overcome. Remember, what a difference a few months can make!


Sara Silvestri, MD

Coronavirus (COVID 19)


Please be advised that the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council, Inc. is actively engaged with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Allegheny County Department of Health. If you are a patient of Sto-Rox Family Health Center or Hilltop Community Health Center, with mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, please do not show up at the clinic without first calling our office at 412-771-6462.  The Health Center, our patients, and the community must all work together to reduce transmission of this disease. These attachments will educate you about the virus and provide you with tips you should follow to protect yourself and your family.

Please access the links and documents below for more information.

1. WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 11 March 2020

2. What you need to know 2019-ncov-factsheet

3. Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19)

4. sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet

5. Coronavirus Disease 2019 | CDC


McKees Rocks, PA – Sto-Rox Family Health Center has launched a new telepsychiatry program in March 2019. InSight Telepsychiatry will bring 16 hours a week of scheduled adult psychiatry services.

Telepsychiatry is the delivery of psychiatry through real-time videoconferencing. It is proven to be an effective form of care delivery and a convenient, cost-effective way to safely expand psychiatric support without the challenge of staffing an in-person psychiatry provider.

Sto-Rox Telepsychiatry Room

The telepsychiatry program is launched in partnership with InSight, a national telepsychiatry service provider organization. The program is also partly funded by the AIMS Grant which provides technical assistance funding. The services provided to Sto-Rox Family Health Center will include the same services someone would receive in-person, with the goal of treating the behavioral health needs of adolescents and adults so that they can achieve their potential through a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Telepsychiatry Room

“Our team at Sto-Rox is excited to provide telepsychiatry to additionally help our neighborhood and the patients we are honored to serve, while simultaneously taking a step forward to embrace the future of healthcare delivery.  As we adjust to changing times, we remain committed to our unchanging mission.” – Dr. John Barczynski, CEO of Sto-Rox Family Health Center


Increased access to mental health services is growing need as 57.7 million – one-in-four – people live with mental illness of some sort across the country. The new telepsychiatry program will bring additional access to mental health services to the McKees Rocks community and surrounding areas.


About Sto-Rox Family Health Center

Sto-Rox Family Health Center‘s staff includes a psychiatrist and licensed clinical social worker. Our services include Diagnosis and Follow-Up, Anxiety, Depression, Grief Support, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, such as those needed to manage chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, and Stress Management. More information can be found at http://www.storoxfqhc.org/behavioral-health/


About InSight Telepsychiatry

Telepsychiatry Room

InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to transform access to behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology. InSight has over 18 years of experience with telepsychiatry and serves hundreds of organizations across the nation with its on-demand, scheduled, connected services and Inpathy divisions. More information can be found at www.InSightTelepsychiatry.com


This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,124,607 with 43 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Tips for Healthy Aging

Want to maintain your good health as you age? Start by keeping active. Sign up for a senior fitness class, take a walk or go for a swim. To keep your mind sharp, tackle a puzzle or word search, play a board game or a game of cards. Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meat and fish, and most importantly, stay connected with friends and family. There are many community and religious organizations that offer senior citizen activities and events.

Ask your doctor or nurse for a list of organizations close to your home.