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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

SCRANTON,  Pa. –  Professional Orthopaedic Associates, Scranton’s longest-standing and most established orthopaedic practice in Lackawanna County, will join Geisinger, an innovative and integrated health services organization. 

Board certified orthopaedic surgeons John Doherty Jr., M.D., Theodore Tomaszewski, M.D., Kevin Colleran, M.D.,  Jeffrey Gillette, D.O., and board certified rheumatologist Chad Walker, D.O., will officially become Geisinger physicians and faculty members of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute effective Jan. 1, 2018. All of the practice’s 52 employees, including administrator Janet Brier and a qualified team of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physical and occupational therapists will also become Geisinger employees effective Jan. 1.  

The newly organized Institute will remain at the Ice Box Complex at 3 West Olive St., specializing in orthopaedic surgery (knee, hip and shoulder joint replacement, arthroscopy, sports medicine and fracture care) as well as rheumatology (arthritis, autoimmune disorders and osteoporosis). On-site radiology services and physical therapy are also offered. 

“We value that Geisinger shares our commitment to delivering patient satisfaction and exceptional, specialized care and we look forward to exceeding all our patients expectations,” said John Doherty Jr., M.D., managing partner at Professional Orthopaedic Associates. “Our patients can not only expect the same high level of care in the same location as they’ve experienced in the past – but also enhanced care that leverages all of Geisinger’s considerable resources.” 

All inpatient surgeries scheduled after Jan. 1 will be performed in the new operating suites at Geisinger Community Medical Center, located less than two miles away. The practice will also continue outpatient surgeries at the North East Surgery Center in Dickson City. 

“Culturally, this practice is best aligned with Geisinger and will partner with us on the commitment we made to Scranton to expand all musculoskeletal services including our highly regarded programs in orthopaedic trauma, podiatry, wound care and sports medicine in addition to providing needed new leadership of the New Steps Joint Replacement Center at GCMC,” said Michael Suk, M.D., JD, MPH, MBA, chief physician officer and chair of Geisinger’s Musculoskeletal Institute. “These physicians are all high-quality providers with a great reputation and the staff is exceptional. We are very excited and pleased to welcome them aboard.” 

Geisinger will invest $1.5 million in the practice, adding new technologies and equipment that includes the latest radiology upgrades and installing Epic’s electronic health record, the preferred electronic medical record system used by more than 250 health care organizations nationwide.  

“We are pleased to join forces with a like-minded organization devoted to high quality, affordable care in Lackawanna County which affords the Scranton community to benefit even further from the integrated care delivered by the entire Geisinger system,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., president of Geisinger Northeast. “Our partnership with Professional Orthopaedic Associates is another part of our vision of providing the highest level of comprehensive and minimally invasive orthopaedic care to the Scranton community, close to home. ” 

The Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute team of Greg Thomas, D.O., and Brian Campfield, M.D.,  Shazad Shaikh, M.D., Justin Tunis, M.D., and Ellianne Nasser, DPM, at Geisinger Community Medical Center currently offers a full program that includes orthopaedic trauma, sports medicine, podiatry and wound care. The Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute has 74 physicians and over 650 employees providing orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation therapy across Pennsylvania. Geisinger’s Musculoskeletal delivery system will continue to focus on providing the highest quality care for every patient. 

Also, as part of Geisinger's $158.6 million commitment to Northeastern Pennsylvania when it merged with GCMC in 2012, a $97.1 million campus expansion project included a new, 14-room operating suite that opened in 2015 and includes that latest in orthopaedic technology and surgical equipment.   

“We’ve witnessed the commitment Geisinger has made in Lackawanna County over the past five years and we’re excited to become part of that vision,” said Dr. Doherty.
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