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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Thomas Hood, M.D., who has seen patients in Kulpmont for more than two decades, is joining the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center team in central Pennsylvania at the soon-to-open location in Coal Township. Geisinger 65 Forward is a health care program designed exclusively for people age 65 and over where patients get longer appointments, more on-site health services and social, educational and wellness activities. 

Dr. Hood, who has cared for patients at Geisinger Kulpmont clinic since 1999, earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia after completing his undergraduate studies in biology at Wilkes University. He completed his family practice residency at Geisinger Medical Center.

“I’m committed to the health of this region and providing the care our patients need to help them live their healthiest lives,” said Dr. Hood. “I’m excited to remain in the area and join a unique program like 65 Forward that is designed to make better health easier for our neighbors.”

Dr. Hood, who is board certified in family medicine, is accepting new patients for Geisinger 65 Forward Shamokin-Coal Township, which is scheduled to open in late August. For more information about the program, call 570-644-6198 or to learn more.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Dr. Thomas Hood
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