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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.
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.