Now open at 180 Susquehanna Blvd. in the West Hazleton Plaza, West Hazleton, the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center is a $3.3 million investment of a redesigned space bringing together under one roof all the health care services those 65 and over frequently need. Available to Geisinger Gold (Medicare Advantage) members, 65 Forward offers members appointment times of up to 60 minutes and access to wellness, fitness and social activities virtually or in a relaxing environment.
Members have access to a team of health care professionals, including nurses, nutritionists and a personal health care advocate who can assist with coordinating care between specialists, hospitals and insurance.
“Being part of a program like this, where I’m empowered to give compassionate, comprehensive care is something I really wanted to do,” said Shane Young, M.D., primary care physician at Geisinger 65 Forward Hazleton. “Having more time with patients is truly a great way to get to know them. I feel this type of program and care is needed everywhere, and I’m excited to be part of the team bringing this concierge-level care closer to home for the people of greater Hazleton.”
By bringing a comprehensive set of the most-used health services by Geisinger Gold members into one location, 65 Forward enrollees have access to lab services, X-ray services, behavioral health services, community support services, outpatient services and pharmacy home delivery all at one time. This can mean fewer trips to the emergency room or the hospital by managing health within the doctor’s office.
Since opening the first 65 Forward locations in 2019, Geisinger data shows members have 20 to 25 percent lower inpatient hospitalization rates and emergency room visits are 40 to 45 percent lower. Additionally, 65 Forward members are meeting or exceeding national benchmarks for diabetes care and blood pressure control when compared to those in traditional primary care settings. Members are living healthier lives by lowering Hemoglobin A1C levels and with better blood pressure control are reducing the risk of stroke, heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases.
Primary care physicians with 65 Forward will see a maximum of 450 patients, compared to the national average of 2,000 to3,000 patients per primary care physician. The more intimate patient experience means doctors can focus on early detection and discussion of possible health concerns and better care management of complex, chronic and other medical conditions.
“We’re meeting our members where they are by offering so much all under one roof,” said Kurt Wrobel, Geisinger Health Plan president and executive vice president of insurance operations. “By investing in programs that align medical care and insurance coverage, we’re doing what’s best for our patients and members to make care easier. We are able to lower costs and provide a unique experience for our members to support them and keep them healthy.”
Dr. Young joins the 65 Forward program following years practicing medicine in the Midwest and Utah. He, and other staff members at the Hazleton location, speak English and Spanish.
The 65 Forward program in Hazleton is enrolling new patients. Those interested in touring the new location or enrolling in the program can call 866-490-2115 or visit geisinger.org/ForwardNewsHazleton to learn more.
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.