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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

ER entrance re-opens for those needing emergency care

COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Construction at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital to expand and renovate the emergency room (ER) is entering its final phase of work. In late August, the hospital’s public ER entrance will reopen for anyone needing emergency services. Visitors and those seeking other hospital services should continue to use the hospital’s main entrance. 

The ER entrance had been temporarily relocated to the hospital’s main entrance in the spring to accommodate the ongoing construction work. The ER has remained open and will continue to care for patients throughout the entirety of the project.

“We’re excited about what this project means for the health and well-being of our community,” said Mike Morgan, administrative director of Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital. “The ER is an important resource for the Shamokin area, and we continue to improve our facilities and programs to adapt to our community’s needs.” 

The work is part of a $10 million multiphase project to expand and update the ER. Once complete, the hospital’s ER will have doubled in size, expanding to nearly 11,000 square feet with 19 private exam areas. Neighboring laboratory and imaging areas will also expand, including a new computed tomography (CT) machine used to get a detailed scan of patients.

Construction on the project began in August 2021 and completion of all work is expected in early 2023.

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.

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