Total of $22 million in hospital improvements over last three years
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A newly renovated inpatient unit opened today at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, the latest in a series of additions and enhancements to provide care close to home for South Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding communities.
The $3.1 million, 8,000-square-foot unit is located on the hospital’s sixth floor and includes 14 private, medical/surgical inpatient rooms with telemetry capability. A multidisciplinary team of hospitalist physicians, nurses, laboratory and radiology technicians, physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists, and others will care for patients in the new unit. The addition complements the Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Emergency Department, which reopened last summer and cares for more than 50 patients per day, and the acute inpatient program, which has achieved 99th percentile patient experience scores for three years running.
“The opening of this new inpatient unit is our latest investment to better serve our community,” said Dan Landesberg, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre administrative director. “We have invested more than $22 million since 2015 to provide needed services close to home for our patients.”
In addition to the reopening of the emergency department, other recent enhancements at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre include:
- Expanded inpatient services with 48 additional patient beds
- Expanded outpatient services including a Surgical Specialties Clinic and Medication Assisted Therapy Clinic
- Additional imaging access and equipment, including the addition of vascular ultrasound and CT scanning
- Expanded laboratory medicine services including the construction of a $1 million laboratory
- Expanded outpatient therapy access
The addition of the Mako robotic-arm surgery system and development of a total joint replacement Center of Excellence.
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.
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