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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.
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.