Geisinger Health System

10/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/18/2019 08:55

Geisinger to open musculoskeletal wellness center of excellence in Steamtown

SCRANTON, Pa. - Geisinger plans to open a musculoskeletal wellness center of excellence featuring orthopaedics, urgent care, sports medicine, physical therapy and more in The Marketplace at Steamtown, furthering its commitment to making healthcare easier for patients and health plan members in Scranton.

The downtown move allows Geisinger to expand services, enhance care coordination and house its outpatient orthopaedics services under one roof. Geisinger expects to fill 83,000 square feet - triple the space of its Olive Street location - in The Marketplace at Steamtown by 2021.

Part of Geisinger's $20.9 million investment includes the expansion of orthopaedics, rheumatology, podiatry, wound care, and physical therapy/occupational therapy rehabilitation programs. New services will include orthopaedic spine, orthopaedic urgent care, orthopaedic pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, wellness and employee health.

'Our highly specialized and experienced team of caregivers can treat each joint condition, spinal disorder or sports injury with a personalized approach and state-of-the-art technology,' said Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., chair of Orthopaedic Surgery. 'Patients will have more options for their orthopaedic care, smoother care coordination and ultimately higher satisfaction - all in one easy-to-navigate facility.'

The Steamtown location boasts accessible parking, multiple bus routes and a central location to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Community Medical Center, where patients will continue receiving operative care for procedures such as Mako® robotic-arm-assisted joint replacement.

'Scranton has embraced Geisinger, and we're excited to support the vibrancy of this city with cutting-edge programs and initiatives,' said Geisinger Northeast President Anthony Aquilina, D.O.

Investments in Scranton top $150 million since 2012, when Geisinger merged with Community Medical Center. Geisinger most recently launched program sites at 3 W. Olive St. including Fresh Food Farmacy for diabetic patients and their families; 65 Forward, a health center for patients over 65; and a medication-assisted treatment clinic. This month, Geisinger will cut the ribbon on the new Childbirth Center at Geisinger Community Medical Center. The health system also purchased nearly 2 acres of land this month to expand women's health services at Geisinger Mount Pleasant.

'Better health is possible right here in the city limits,' said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer for Geisinger Northeast. 'We are uniquely positioned to pursue projects like this because of our integrated model, our patient population and our approach to innovation.'

By the numbers: Scranton investments since 2012

  • May 2014: $18.1 million. Opened Geisinger Mount Pleasant, featuring primary care, pharmacy and lab services.
  • August 2016: $97.1 million. Expanded Geisinger Community Medical Center. 5-floor, 143,000 square-foot expansion increased hospital area by 35 percent and included a gastrointestinal unit, new multispecialty clinics and new 18-room intensive care unit.
  • September 2016: $2.1 million, 6,500 square-foot Geisinger Community Medical Center Henry Cancer Center opens. Offers consultation, imaging, surgery and chemotherapy treatments all under one roof; 7 exam rooms, 11 infusion bays, pharmacy that includes separate IV and chemotherapy prep area.
  • November 2017: $1.5 million. Technology upgrades for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at 3 W. Olive St.
  • June 2018: $1.7 million. Opened new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center.
  • December 2018: $4 million. Heart and Vascular Center opens in Geisinger Community Medical Center. Features 22 exam rooms in 10,000-square-foot clinic; streamlines cardiology, cardiac and thoracic surgery.
  • April 2019: $200,000. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic opens at 3 W. Olive St. Treats substance use disorder with medication in coordination with therapy to prevent overdose deaths and help patients live productive lives while avoiding relapse.
  • July 2019: $450,000. Fresh Food Farmacy opens at 3 W. Olive St. Addresses food insecurity and high rates of Type 2 diabetes in Scranton community; provides fresh food to patients and their households to make 10 meals per week at no cost to the patient.
  • October 2019: $15 million. Childbirth Center at Geisinger Community Medical Center. Features combined expertise of OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives to allow expectant mothers to tailor their birth plan to their preferences and have the resources to deviate from that plan if necessary; features 8 spacious suites designed for labor, delivery and recovery, birthing balls, hydrotherapy tubs and state-of-the-art monitoring technology.
  • October 2019: $2 million. 65 Forward Health Center for primary care offers specialized care for Geisinger Gold members 65 and older; features primary care, lab services, X-ray services, health and wellness area for exercise, recreational and social activity, on-site personal healthcare advocates, on-site Geisinger Health Plan insurance consultant; physicians see panel of 450 patients compared to national average of between 2,500 and 3,000, so patients can see doctor for up to an hour if needed.
  • October 2019: $1.9 million. Land purchase at Geisinger Mount Pleasant to expand women's health services.

About Geisinger
One of the nation's most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.