Now open at 293 Patriot Lane in the Trader Joe’s Plaza in the former GAP Factory Outlet, the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center is a $2.6 million investment of a redesigned space bringing together all the health care services those 65 and over frequently need. All under one roof, 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.
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 in a relaxing environment. Those without Geisinger Gold can take advantage of a trial period.
“The program is designed so we can identify our patients’ health concerns upfront and give them the resources to better manage their health, and do it in a personalized setting,” said Scott Sulman, D.O., the physician at Geisinger 65 Forward State College. “By spending more time with patients and focusing on their overall health, we make it easier for them to live healthier and more active lives.”
Dr. Sulman joins Geisinger 65 Forward after nearly 20 years as an internal medicine physician at Geisinger Scenery Park. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine after undergraduate studies in biology at Temple University. He is board-certified in internal medicine.
At 65 Forward, members benefit from their care teams working with them to manage chronic conditions and health concerns through tailored care plans. Each 65 Forward location features access to the most-used health services by Geisinger Gold members including lab, X-ray, behavioral health, community support and pharmacy home delivery. This can mean fewer trips to the emergency room or the hospital by better managing health within the doctor’s office.
Geisinger data shows 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 lowering Hemoglobin A1C levels, and with better blood pressure control are reducing the risk of stroke, heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases. Members also have 20 to 25 percent lower inpatient hospitalization rates and emergency room visits are 40 to 45 percent lower.
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. Primary care physicians with 65 Forward see a maximum of 450 patients, compared to the national average of 2,000 to 3,000 patients.
“Geisinger 65 Forward is one of the best benefits to being enrolled in Geisinger Gold,” said Kurt Wrobel, Geisinger Health Plan president and executive vice president of insurance operations. “Our members enrolled in 65 Forward are living healthier lives because of our investment in programs like this because we’re meeting our members where they are by offering these services all in one place. When we do this, we’re able to make better health more affordable, provide a better member experience and support our members and their health.”
Dr. Sulman is accepting new patients. To meet him, take a tour of the new location, or enroll in the program, call 814-272-6770 or visit Geisinger.org/ForwardNewsStateCollege. The State College location is Geisinger’s first 65 Forward Health Center in the Centre region and the system’s eighth location.
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.