“The decision to move forward with Skyline Healthcare and its assignees was made following a detailed analysis of interested organizations,” said Geisinger Vice President for Achieving Excellence, Scott Davis. “We selected Skyline, based on its quality, proven success operating skilled nursing facilities, and track record of high patient and employee satisfaction.”
“We are pleased with the addition of these quality facilities to our organization,” said Skyline Healthcare Vice President of Operations, Tom Miller “Like Geisinger, Skyline puts patients first. There will be no disruption of services, and we look forward to a bright future caring for patients and being part of the Bloomsburg and Scranton communities.”
This type of specialized, long-term care has not traditionally been part of Geisinger’s core operations. Mountain View Care Center joined Geisinger as part of the Geisinger Community Medical Center integration and Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care Center joined the organization as part of the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital transaction, both in 2012.
“Operating skilled nursing facilities successfully requires economies of scale that we just don’t have with only two facilities,” said Davis. “It makes good fiscal sense to sell, and with Skyline’s assurances to retain employees and accept all types of patients, it also makes sense from an operational point of view. We thank the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Health for their review and approval.”
Geisinger employed 400 people at the Bloomsburg and Mountain View care centers. Skyline Healthcare has committed to retaining employees in good standing and accepting all types of patients.
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, one of the largest healthcare system-based precision health projects in the world. With more than 245,000 volunteer participants enrolled and over 145,000 sequenced, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning potentially life-saving 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.
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