BUCKHORN, PA – Geisinger and the community have come together to celebrate the next step in making better health easier and more accessible in central Pennsylvania. Officials solemnly opened the future site of the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Center on Wednesday, May 25.
The celebration was a cheer rally-themed event with pom poms, confetti, and music by the Central Columbia High School Pep Band.
The $180 million center in Columbia County is part of Geisinger’s investment to make better health more accessible to area residents. It will bring together the orthopedic services offered at Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger Healthplex Woodbine and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital. Staff at the self-contained orthopedic facility are dedicated to bone, joint and muscle health, creating an environment conducive to better patient outcomes.
The project is Geisinger’s latest investment in the Buckhorn region. Earlier this year, Geisinger Medical Clinic Buckhorn opened its doors opposite the future site of the orthopedic center. The $10 million facility includes primary care, a Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center and a ConvenientCare location. Since 2020, Geisinger has invested more than $250 million in better, more accessible care for people in communities in central Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
“For too long, health care has relied on us to build large, traditional hospitals with many specialties and the community that went there. But if we are serious about improving the health of our communities, we must continue to invest in high-quality programs that provide comprehensive care to meet the needs of patients where they live,” said President and CEO of Geisinger, Jaewon Ryu. , MD, JD
The Pennsylvania Orthopedic Center offers specialized operating rooms and a dedicated inpatient unit focused on recovery and mobility after surgery. An on-site outpatient clinic will focus on wellness, injury prevention and bone, joint and muscle health. Patients will also benefit from an imaging center and pharmacy, as well as rehabilitation, physiotherapy and occupational therapy services.
By moving orthopedic surgeries and services out of the region’s traditional hospitals, this new facility creates space for new and existing programs to grow within hospitals and outpatient specialty centers.
The Pennsylvania Orthopedic Center will have 96 examination rooms, a comprehensive imaging center, an inpatient unit for postoperative recovery, and eight specialized operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art surgical enhancements and technologies. state-of-the-art, such as intraoperative 3D imaging systems and joint robot-assisted surgery. .
“Orthopedic care, including bone and joint services, is one of the fastest growing needs in our community,” said Michael Suk, MD, JD, Geisinger chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. “This facility will be truly comprehensive and patient-focused, allowing our neighbors and patients across the state to receive state-of-the-art care options here in Columbia County.”
The center is expected to open in 2024.
PHOTO CAPTION: Geisinger representatives and community members took part in the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Center’s groundbreaking ceremony, which involved shoveling and throwing biodegradable confetti. Pictured (left to right): Dr. Ed Hartle, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Geisinger; Janet Tomcavage, executive vice president and chief nursing officer of Geisinger; Matt Walsh, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger; Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Chairman and CEO of Geisinger; Dr. Michael Suk, Geisinger Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Megan Brosious, Geisinger Central Region Administrative Director; Hemlock Township Board Chair Mark Morrow; Matt Beagle, Chairman of the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Advisory Board