HERSHEY, Pa. – Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit are working together to expand access to high-level neurosurgical care for people in the West Shore region. The organizations have signed a physician services agreement that calls for Penn State Health neurosurgeons and advanced practice providers to provide clinical and surgical care to patients at Geisinger Holy Spirit. The clinicians will perform outpatient and inpatient procedures, and provide full-time consultative, emergency and trauma neurosurgery care at Geisinger Holy Spirit starting July 1.
For the past two years, Dr. Diana Jho, a Penn State Health neurosurgeon, has provided care at Geisinger Holy Spirit as a member of the hospital’s medical staff and held clinic hours at Penn State Health Medical Group – Camp Hill. As of July 1, her clinic will move to the neurosurgery clinic in the American Office Center at 423 N. 21st St. in Camp Hill adjacent to the Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital. Penn State Health has recruited additional neurosurgeons to care for patients at Geisinger Holy Spirit. They are expected to start in the fall.
“Patients in Cumberland, Dauphin and Franklin counties will benefit from our world class neurosurgeons working alongside the skilled nurses and anesthesiologists at Geisinger Holy Spirit to perform a wide range of neurosurgical procedures, including spine neurosurgery, cranial neurosurgery and peripheral nerve surgery,” said Dr. Robert Harbaugh, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Penn State Health and senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group.
Geisinger Holy Spirit first credentialed Penn State Health neurosurgeons in 2017 to care for patients as members of the hospital’s open medical staff, which enables community-based physicians and doctors from other hospitals and health systems to work in collaboration with Geisinger Holy Spirit physicians and staff.
“We are excited about having the Penn State Health neurosurgery team on-site at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital and know that these providers and the patients we care for together will continue to have an excellent caring experience in our hospital,” said Kyle C. Snyder, Geisinger Holy Spirit chief administrative officer.
“Even as construction continues on Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, we wanted to take more immediate steps to expand our inpatient capacity and increase access and convenience for people on the West Shore who need expert neurosurgical care,” said Steve Massini, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Penn State Health, who will assume the role of CEO this summer.
About Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties in central Pennsylvania. It employs more than 14,500 people systemwide. The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children’s Hospital and Penn State Cancer Institute based in Hershey, Pa.; Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa.; and more than 2,000 physicians and direct care providers at 127 medical office sites. Additionally, the system jointly operates various health care providers, including Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center, Hershey Endoscopy Center, Horizon Home Healthcare and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. In December 2017, Penn State Health partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine, the University’s medical school. With campuses in State College and Hershey, Pa., the College of Medicine boasts a portfolio of $100 million in funded research and more than 1,700 students and trainees in medicine, nursing, other health professions and biomedical research.
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.