Renovations include latest technology for cancer treatments
“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.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.