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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health


SCRANTON, PA — Hospital and health system officials celebrated at a ribbon cutting earlier this week for a new cancer center opening at Geisinger Community Medical Center. The $2.1 million, 6,500 square foot space is designed to offer cancer care in one convenient location.

“A cancer diagnosis is stressful enough,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., GCMC Chief Medical Officer. “Our goal was to offer patients in the Scranton region consultation, imaging, surgery and chemotherapy treatments all under one roof. This cancer center is our latest commitment to the community we serve to provide cancer prevention, detection and treatment to the residents of Lackawanna County in a modern, patient-centered environment.”

Cancer specialists who will see and treat patients in the new center include cancer specialists Dr. Namita Sharma, Dr. Christian Adonizio and Dr. Gregory Formanek, all hematology oncologists. The cancer center will also employ a nurse navigator, a health care professional trained in cancer care who assists patients every step throughout their cancer journey. 

Additional features include seven exam rooms, 11 infusion bays, a pharmacy that includes a separate IV and chemotherapy prep area, individual televisions in each infusion bay, heated infusion seats and privacy screens for patient comfort. Services include chemotherapy, blood transfusions, intravenous medication administration, therapeutic phlebotomy, hydrations and other supportive therapies.

“When someone is in need of cancer services, patients and families alike are overwhelmed with concerns and decisions—and the comfort of remaining close to home during such a challenging time can significantly improve patients’ quality of life,” said Kerri Michalik, VP of Cancer Services, Geisinger Health System. “This cancer center provides our patients the opportunity to receive the finest cancer care available, right here at home.  We are so very proud that through this addition, we can offer reliable and accessible cancer care to patients in and around Lackawanna county.”

GCMC’s new cancer will open for patients on Monday, October 3. 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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