MUNCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A global pandemic hasn’t stopped construction on Lycoming County’s newest hospital. Construction at the Geisinger Medical Center Muncy healthplex in Muncy Township has remained on track, with the final steel beam being hoisted into place.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Geisinger, Highmark Health and site construction crews recognized the moment during a private topping-off ceremony, signaling the completion of the facility’s steel structure. The construction crews have remained busy since ground was first broken for the project in late spring. Throughout the past year, it’s been a steady stream of construction equipment leveling ground and erecting the structure for the 120,000 square-foot hospital.
“We know this healthplex is going to create a new environment for our neighbors to get their health care in a much easier way,” said Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, Geisinger president and chief executive officer. “Geisinger and Highmark Health continue to focus on improving the health of our neighbors in Lycoming County and the surrounding areas, and we’re excited to see more progress at the site throughout the winter.”
The facility is designed to meet the emergency, routine and acute care needs of those living in Lycoming, Sullivan, Clinton and Tioga counties. The new facility will include a full-service emergency department and a clinical decision unit. Also available at the facility will be imaging and lab services, medical oncology services, chemotherapy preparation and general surgery services.
For more routine care, the healthplex will include a multispecialty clinic with adult and pediatric primary care, orthopaedics, cardiology, ophthalmology, pulmonary services and women’s health services. For hospital care, the facility will also house a state-of-the-art operating suite and 20 inpatient beds.
“This is an exciting step in the process of opening this new facility and bringing new services to the Williamsport area,” said Deborah Rice-Johnson, president of Highmark Inc. “We are thrilled to be working with Geisinger to bring high-quality, high-value care to local residents and are looking forward to the Muncy healthplex opening for patients and our members.”
Since announcing the joint venture in 2017, Geisinger and Highmark Health have committed more than $100 million to improve existing clinical facilities, develop new ones, and expand services to improve access to care in the region. The joint venture serves both Highmark and Geisinger Health Plan members — including those in Medicare Advantage Plans — as well as patients with other insurance plans.
The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of this year.
About Highmark Health
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-based enterprise that employs more than 35,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country, is the parent company of Highmark Inc., a hospital system, and other businesses. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to more than 5.6 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware as well as dental insurance, and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses. Highmark Health’s other subsidiaries include an integrated delivery network comprised of eight hospitals, more than 2,500 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania; and an information technology business focused on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge, and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, visit www.highmarkhealth.org.
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 Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.