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shamokin area community hospital historicThe history of Shamokin Area Community Hospital (SACH) is directly intertwined with the coalmining industry that made this region what it is today.

Founded in 1912 by the state of Pennsylvania to provide health care to coalminers and their families, SACH divested from the state in 1992

It is governed by a volunteer board of directors and parented by the Lower Anthracite Health Corporation. SACH remains committed to providing residents with the best possible health care in a cost-effective manner.

In recent years, the SACH Board and management have taken major strides forward to earn the community’s confidence and trust.

SACH is currently in its last year of its capital campaign, Vision 2005. The largest construction project undertaken by the hospital to date, Phase I of the campaign, a 33,000-square-foot addition was constructed to expand and support surgical, laboratory and central supply services. The lower level and first floor were officially dedicated and opened in November 2003.

Phase II of the project completed in March 2004, and the new medical/surgical care unit opened on the Wing’s second floor.

SACH opened a state-of-the-art, spacious and centrally located intensive/cardiac care unit (ICU) in late 2004 as part of Phase III of the Vision campaign.

Phase IV includes renovations of the diagnostic imaging services department, and the installation of the new Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS). Also, a new easily accessible main entrance was designed, and is under construction for the front of the hospital while the information technology department is scheduled to move in order to gain needed physical space for a training room and equipment storage.

On Jan. 1, 2012, Shamokin Area Community Hospital merged with Geisinger Medical Center.