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New $4M center unifies patient services

SCRANTON, Pa. –  Geisinger has announced the opening of the Geisinger Heart and Vascular Center, a $4 million outpatient hub specializing in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions and vascular diseases.  

Construction on the 22-exam room, 10,000-square-foot clinic in Geisinger Community Medical Center, 1800 Mulberry St., Scranton, began in May. The center opens Dec. 10, 2018, and streamlines cardiology, cardiac and thoracic surgery and vascular services. 

“The Geisinger Heart and Vascular Center brings our outstanding heart and vascular care providers and leading-edge technology under one roof,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president for Geisinger Northeast. “These unified services enhance patient safety, quality and efficiency. That means we can provide patients with an even higher level of care and convenience here in Scranton.” 

The center is supported by a multidisciplinary team of 52 physicians, advanced practitioners and support staff. The newly designed space boasts two nursing stations, comfortable exam rooms, an ultrasound room, a registration and check-out area and staff offices.       

“We already offer advanced technology and innovative techniques to treat heart conditions,” said cardiothoracic surgeon Al Casale, M.D., associate chief medical officer for Geisinger and chair of the Geisinger Heart Institute. “With this union, our patients now have all of their appointments and testing done in one place with more comfort and less travel.”  

Heart and vascular services were previously located off-campus at 1360 Wyoming Ave. and 475 Morgan Highway will now join together inside the city hospital.  

“Our patients will benefit from having both teams in one location for enhanced care, communication and efficiency,” added Mohsen Shabahang, M.D., chair of the Geisinger Surgery Institute.

Advanced Heart Care 
From preventive care to heart surgery, the Heart Institute team's mission is to keep patients healthy and active. The center’s specialists treat all types of heart and blood vessel conditions, including the most complex, including: 

  • Ablation  
  • Adult congenital heart disease  
  • Angioplasty  
  • Aortic stenosis  
  • Arrhythmia  
  • Atrial fibrillation  
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy  
  • Cardiomyopathy  
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
  • Coronary artery disease  
  • Electrophysiology
  • Familial hypercholesterolemia  
  • Heart attack  
  • Heart disease and cancer/CardioOncology  
  • Heart failure  
  • Heart imaging  
  • Heart surgery  
  • Heart valve disease  
  • Heart valve surgery  
  • Left ventricle assist device (LVAD)  
  • Mitral regurgitation (leaky valve)  
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators  
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)  
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) and MitraClip  
  • Watchman  
  • Women’s heart health

Advanced Vascular Care
Vascular surgeons treat patients with all types of vascular diseases — such as conditions in which the normal flow of blood through the arteries and veins becomes blocked. They manage patients’ conditions through a treatment plan that includes medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction, including: 

  • Aneurysm repair  
  • Carotid artery disease (CAD)
  • Deep vein thrombosis  
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Renal artery disease  
  • Vascular conditions  
  • Vascular disease   
  • Varicose veins

For more information, please call 570-703-4830 or click here for heart care and here for vascular care.

 

About Geisinger
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.

Ribbon cutting for the heart and vascular center at GCMC
Geisinger leadership celebrated the Heart and Vascular Center completion during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 5, 2018. From left:  Ronald Beer, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Northeast; Anthony Aquilina, D.O., regional president, Geisinger Northeast; Alessandro G. Smeraldi, M.D., vascular surgeon; Srikanth Hosur, M.D., assistant chief medical officer, GCMC;  Martin Matsumura, M.D., chief of cardiology, Geisinger Northeast; Mohsen Shabahang, M.D., chair, Geisinger Surgery Institute; Stephen Voyce, M.D., cardiologist; Al Casale, M.D., chair, Geisinger Heart Institute; Angelo Venditti, chief nursing officer, Geisinger Northeast; Steven J. Busuttil, M.D., vascular surgeon; Renee Blakiewicz, administrative director, GCMC; Madhava Rao., M.D., cardiologist;  and Mike Giordano, operations director, Geisinger Heart Institute, GCMC.
Dr. Mohsen Shabahang
Mohsen Shabahang, M.D., chair of the Geisinger Surgery Institute.
Heart and Vascular Center staffers at a desk
Geisinger team members inside the new Heart and Vascular Center in Scranton. 

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