Opening will enhance world-class cancer services at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
The conclusion of the $80 million expansion brings world-class cancer care closer to home for patients and their support systems, which is critical in improving outcomes for those battling cancer. Since 2008, Geisinger has invested more than $515 million into better and more accessible care for people in Luzerne County and the surrounding area. Patients of the Henry Cancer Center in northeastern Pennsylvania will no longer need to seek advanced care in cities like Philadelphia and New York.
“This commitment in Luzerne County means our neighbors in northeastern Pennsylvania can stay close to home for the most advanced, lifesaving cancer care,” said Geisinger’s president and CEO, Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D. “It’s the fulfillment of the vision that the Henry family and Geisinger established 30 years ago.”
Patients who previously had to seek care outside the region will soon be able to visit the 92,150-square-foot, four-story cancer center expansion with an 18-bed inpatient unit. The new 51-bay infusion center doubles the previous number of bays used for chemotherapy and other intravenous treatments. Besides improving accessibility to care, the cancer center expansion will reduce wait times and increase appointment availability. State-of-the-art technology includes the non-invasive CyberKnife S7, which delivers precise doses of radiation anywhere in the body without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
“For nearly three decades, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has developed a program that brings exceptional cancer care to residents of northeast PA,” said Rajiv Panikkar, M.D., chair of the Geisinger Cancer Institute. “Today marks another step forward as we expand cancer services for our neighbors and their caretakers, providing what they need in their own community.”
The opening of the cancer center reinforces Geisinger’s pledge to offer the best quality care to everyone it serves.
“When our patients enter Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, they’ll know they’re getting world-class care in the same hospital that’s taken care of generations of their neighbors,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer of Geisinger’s northeast region. “Our patients will no longer have to travel far for advanced cancer treatment, thanks to the continued support of our community. The Henry family’s vision for state-of-the-art cancer care in northeastern Pennsylvania has changed the lives of countless people, and that vision lives on today.”
For more information on cancer care at Geisinger, visit Geisinger.org/CancerExpansion.
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.
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