DANVILLE, Pa. – As Geisinger continues reopening its clinics and welcoming patients and members back for procedures, the health system is announcing the successful discharge of more than 500 patients who were treated for COVID-19 across its Pennsylvania hospitals.
Of those more than 500 patients, about 150 of them spent time in one of Geisinger’s intensive care units. More than 95 of them were on ventilators and transitioned off during their hospital stay.
“As a large health system, we’re fortunate to have a dedicated staff and resources to provide a high level of care to our communities,” said J. Edward Hartle, M.D., Geisinger executive vice president and chief medical officer. “The staff’s effort during these challenging times is inspiring and we’re grateful for their commitment to meeting the health needs of our patients, members and communities now and into the future.”
Geisinger’s clinical efforts were led by a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to review and adapt treatments for patients with COVID-19. In addition, Geisinger leveraged its specialized programs and staff to provide care options not widely available in its communities. Innovative solutions like ECMO, which isn’t a treatment specific for COVID but can help when a ventilator is no longer sufficient, and convalescent plasma have been used in caring for patients.
The health system is also participating in large clinical trials to better understand the latest treatment options.
This milestone comes as Geisinger begins consolidating its COVID treatment areas and begins offering more services that were paused during the pandemic. With declining numbers of new positive cases locally, the health system is gradually returning services and reopening clinics with extra safety precautions and measures to stop the spread of the virus in the community.
“As we continue to bring back more services and reopen facilities, we will do it the right way and with safety at top of mind,” Dr. Hartle said. “We’re here for our community and are ready to provide safe care.”
To learn more about how Geisinger is safely caring for its patients, visit Geisinger.org/safe.
Geisinger has discharged the following totals of patients from each of its hospitals, as of June 8:
- Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital (Bloomsburg): 3
- Geisinger Community Medical Center (Scranton): 160
- Geisinger Holy Spirit (Camp Hill): 71
- Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital (Jersey Shore): 12
- Geisinger Lewistown Hospital (Lewistown): 18
- Geisinger Medical Center (Danville): 95
- Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital (Shamokin): 5
- Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre (Wilkes-Barre): 3
- Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (Wilkes-Barre): 157
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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