World class care with a hometown perspective
The professionals at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital (GSACH), a campus of Geisinger Medical Center, care for residents throughout central Pennsylvania. Many of our employees, including physicians, nurses and other providers, grew up in Pennsylvania and returned here to practice after training at some of the best schools and institutions in the country. Others have come to Geisinger from leading programs around the world because of our national reputation for innovation and deep commitment to patient satisfaction. Now, they're providing compassionate, advanced care to patients, families and communities throughout the regions we serve.
The 2018 community health needs assessment (CHNA) identified the following priorities across all Geisinger’s service areas: Access to care; behavioral health (including substance abuse and mental health strategies); and chronic disease prevention and management (with a focus on increasing healthy habits).
One example of how we are working to help prevent and manage chronic disease and keep our most vulnerable populations healthy is our Fresh Food Farmacy™. The program, begun in 2016 and based at GSACH, provides eligible patients and their families with at least 10 nutritious, healthy meals per week, education about diabetes and other chronic conditions, and consultations with dietitians, pharmacists and health coaches. It is a comprehensive care management approach that treats “food as medicine” and empowers participants to manage their medical conditions through food-related behavior and lifestyle changes.
More detail about GMC/GSACH programs, as well as a comprehensive list of many action items that resulted from what we learned in the most recent CHNA are contained in the reports below: