It’s better for everyone.
By Paula Franken
Doesn’t it feel great when you have enough time to do something — the way it should be done? Each doctor at a Geisinger 65 Forward health center sees a maximum of 450 patients. The national average is 2,500. Having more time to focus on the people they’re caring for is something that both Jovan Adams, DO, and Gary Kemberling, DO, say attracted them to 65 Forward.
A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Adams joined the Kingston location in July 2020 after years as a physician and nursing home medical director in Georgia.
“I love being able to take the time to build relationships with my patients,” says Dr. Adams. “Many have complex medical needs and I can address their questions thoroughly and follow up quickly with testing and treatment because lab work and other testing services are done right on site. Plus, I can see them right away if they need an appointment.”
Dr. Kemberling will be joining the Shamokin Dam location when it opens in October — after 29 years as a family practice physician in Selinsgrove. He’s looking forward to treating many of the same patients who’ve been with him for years — and now having more time to devote to each of them. “I’ll be better able to manage their care,” he explains. “Not only will I have more time to spend with them, but I’ll also be part of a care team that includes nurses, a wellness coordinator, a pharmacist, a dietitian and other staff. I’ll be able to walk down the hall and confer with any of them. This truly is VIP care for seniors.”