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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Renovations include latest technology for cancer treatments

POTTSVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Radiation Oncology Pottsville clinic has re-opened following months of renovations and technology upgrades due to damage from flooding throughout Schuylkill County in summer 2018. 

“It has been a long nine months, but we are thrilled to bring our radiation oncology services back to our community,” said Rajiv Panikkar, M.D., chair of Geisinger’s Cancer Institute. “Our approach at Geisinger, whenever possible, is to provide high quality care close to home, so people can focus on their health, rather than driving.”

The radiation oncology clinic at 100 One Norwegian Way, Pottsville, has restored its services and upgraded its technology. The addition of a Halcyon linear accelerator allows physicians to better pinpoint radiation to the exact location of the tumor while sparing uninvolved surrounding normal tissue. The system is patent-focused and automates, streamlines and simplifies every aspect of the treatment.

“This equipment enhances the care we provide to our patients in Pottsville,” said Gregory Treharne, M.D., Geisinger radiation oncologist. “We are proud to be able to re-open – stronger and better armed to help our patients fight cancer with more accurate treatment options than ever before Schuylkill County. This gives us one more tool in the fight against cancer.”

The radiation oncology clinic is the second Geisinger cancer clinic to undergo recent renovations, following the re-opening of Geisinger Hematology/Oncology clinic at the same address in September. It, too, was damaged by flooding more than nine months ago.

“I want to thank our patients who trusted us to continue treatment with Geisinger during this time,” said Kerri Michalik, vice president of Geisinger’s Cancer Institute. “I also want to recognize our caring employees who brought great attitudes during this time. Their loyalty is second to none and we couldn’t be more grateful to them. ”

In addition to cancer services, Geisinger offers primary care and other specialty services in Schuylkill County. Geisinger also is partnering with St. Luke’s University Health Network to build an acute care hospital near Orwigsburg. The three-story, 80-bed hospital is set to be complete fall 2019. 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

 
Members of Geisinger's Cancer Institute cut the ribbon to open a the newly renovated Pottsville clinic.
Dr. Anand Mahadevan, director of Geisinger Radiation Oncology; Dr. Gregory Treharne, Geisinger Pottsville Cancer Services radiation oncologist; Lisa Keifer, Geisinger associate vice president of radiation oncology; Kerri Michalik, vice president of Geisinger’s Cancer Institute; and Dr. Rajiv Panikkar, Geisinger Cancer Institute chairman, cut the ribbon at the newly renovated radiation oncology clinic at 100 One Norwegian Way in Pottsville. 
The new Halcyon linear accelerator at Geisinger Cancer Services Pottsville clinic.
The new Halcyon machine inside the Geisinger Radiation Oncology clinic in Pottsville. This linear accelerator is used to better pinpoint the location for radiation treatment.
The new CT machine at the Geisinger Cancer Services Pottsville clinic.
The new CT machine inside the renovated CT room at the Geisinger Radiation Oncology clinic in Pottsville. 

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