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Geisinger looks forward to better days of easier healthcare for all

PHOTO PROVIDED The vaccine team at the Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital Vaccine Center has been busy over the past several weeks. Pictured are members of the hospital’s vaccine team who’ve provided thousands of vaccine doses from this location.

JERSEY SHORE — The past year has certainly been a challenge for everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in some way, and for as much uncertainty and frustration that was experienced in 2020, there’s hope that better days are ahead.

For the residents of Clinton County and the surrounding areas, Geisinger continues its work to make better health easier for everyone by investing in ways to bring the care you need closer to home so you can spend more time enjoying those better days.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the biggest reason to be hopeful. Geisinger was among the first health care organizations in the state to provide vaccines, including at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. In just two months of providing the vaccine from the hospital, thousands of COVID vaccines were administered to employees and the public.

“We are thrilled to be providing these vaccines to our communities as we work to defeat this virus and look forward to a better year ahead,” said Tammy Anderer, MSN, CRNP, PhD, chief administrative officer of Geisinger’s north-central region. “The relief and excitement we’re seeing in our neighbors’ eyes is just amazing, and we look forward to providing even more vaccines as they become available.”

The vaccines are bringing the pandemic full-circle for Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital staff, who have cared for hundreds of COVID-19 patients.

“For as many heartbreaks as we’ve experienced through the pandemic, we certainly had some wonderful moments caring for and seeing COVID-19 patients leaving the hospital and returning home to recover,” Anderer said. “The commitment our employees have to our communities is outstanding, and this pandemic proves just how much we care for anyone who chooses Geisinger and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital for their care.”

The pandemic didn’t stop construction of a brand-new medical facility in Lock Haven. The soon-to-open Geisinger Medical Clinic Lock Haven will feature new specialty medical services and bring new options for quicker, more convenient care in Clinton County. The two-story facility will offer a walk-in Geisinger ConvenientCare for urgent care needs and a Geisinger Pharmacy for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

“We look forward to bringing these new services into the heart of Lock Haven,” Anderer said. “We’re making it easy for you to visit your doctor or specialist, walk in for urgent care, and get your medications at one place.”

The clinic will include adult and pediatric primary care offices, medication therapy management, and imaging and lab services. It will also house physical and occupational therapy, orthopaedics, podiatry and a specialty clinic with dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, psychology, pediatric psychology, surgery and women’s health services.

The facility is part of a clinical joint venture between Geisinger and Highmark Health. Both organizations are investing more than $100 million to improve existing clinical facilities, develop new ones, expand services and improve access to care across the region.

Geisinger is also investing in efforts to bring care straight to your door or into your home. Geisinger’s Mail Order Pharmacy is providing patients and Geisinger Health Plan members with the ease and convenience of home medication delivery. According to Geisinger data, GHP members who sign up for mail-order delivery are more likely to stick to their medication routines, compared to those who aren’t enrolled.

The pandemic has also afforded Geisinger the opportunity to expand its telemedicine services. With more than 70 medical specialties now offering telemedicine appointments, connecting to your primary care doctor or specialist is even easier. Geisinger is also investing in the Geisinger at Home program, which provides in-home care for at-risk patients who frequently visit the hospital. The goal is to help them stay healthier and enjoy life at home.

Investments continue at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, too. Recent improvements include new cardiac rehabilitation equipment, improvements to the Emergency Department and investments in ventilators, respiratory therapy equipment, cardiac monitoring systems, trauma equipment, radiology equipment and bedside telemedicine equipment. Still on track for this year is the construction of a helipad, so if patients need a higher-level care, they can get it even faster.

“Whether it’s opening a new medical clinic or investing in technology and services to make it easier for people to get the care they need closer to home, we will continue working to make better health easier for our neighbors,” Anderer said. “We’re all looking forward to much better days ahead. You can help us get there by continuing to do what you can to stop the spread of COVID-19. And when it’s your turn, be sure to get the vaccine.”

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