83,000-square-foot facility moves all orthopaedic services under one roof
SCRANTON, Pa. – Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Scranton held a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 31 for the second phase of its facility at the Marketplace at Steamtown. More than 75 employees, local officials and community members gathered for the event that Geisinger leaders say will consolidate and expand services at one easy-to-reach downtown location.
“Today, we continue our investment in northeastern Pennsylvania and our mission to make better health easier and more accessible for our communities,” said Michael Suk, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and chair of Geisinger’s Orthopaedic Surgery. “We’ve demonstrated our commitment to providing better health for our residents by investing more than $300 million in facilities like Steamtown that move outpatient services out of the hospital.”
The newly opened portion of the facility brings the total amount of space to 83,000 square feet, making it the largest bone, muscle and joint care facility in Lackawanna County. In addition to sports medicine and orthopaedic care for all ages, Geisinger now offers podiatry, wound care and physical and occupational therapy at the location.
“With a focus on convenience and patient experience, Geisinger Steamtown offers many orthopaedic outpatient services under one roof, allowing patients to avoid the emergency room for sprains, strains and minor injuries,” said Mark Pallis, Geisinger director of orthopaedics for the Northeast region. “This location also provides patient-friendly features, including abundant parking and access to several bus routes.”
The space also includes a surgical skills lab, where orthopaedic surgery residents can practice procedures on cadavers and learn valuable skills not available in a classroom setting. The new space will allow Geisinger to move all orthopaedic services from 3 W. Olive St. in Scranton.
Geisinger partnered with Marketplace owner and local developer John Basalyga on the project.
“Geisinger was always on the top of my list for potential tenants at Steamtown, and I never gave up,” he said during the ceremony. “I gave my very best sales pitch to Dr. Suk and Jamie (Weinschenk, associate vice president of Geisinger orthopaedics)… that was the beginning of what stands in front of us today.”
Participants at the ribbon cutting were treated to light refreshments, a cast signing activity and a fun stationary race between Wikes-Barre/Scranton mascots Tux from the Penguins and Champ from the Railriders.
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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