Pittston Twp., PA -
After a yearlong $80 million construction project, Geisinger unveiled the results, celebrating the impending opening of Geisinger Healthplex CenterPoint. The 124,000-square-foot outpatient specialty facility will offer improved availability and convenience of in-demand services from same-day surgery to eye care and diagnostics.
A ribbon cutting was held at 1201 Oak St., near state Route 315, Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was chosen for its proximity to patients in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
Scheduled to open Monday, Aug. 1, the healthplex will offer surgery and endoscopy; bone, muscle and joint care; urologic services; eye care and eyewear; and physical and occupational therapy, as well as laboratory and diagnostics. ConvenientCare and orthopaedic urgent care services are expected to open in the fall.
With ample space to expand programs and accommodate new care providers, the healthplex will offer more appointments and reduce wait times for patients to see specialists. It also groups complementary services, like orthopaedics and diagnostics, so patients can stay at one facility for related appointments.
According to market forecasts, the aging population of northeastern Pennsylvania will drive an increased need for these services through 2030.
“We’re outgrowing our footprint at our hospitals in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s northeast region. “Healthlplex CenterPoint makes better health easier for patients and members in two counties by providing care in an easy-to-reach location away from the bustling activity of our medical centers.”
The healthplex also creates 154 jobs and frees up space at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Geisinger Community Medical Center to explore opportunities to expand acute care services like emergency medicine and trauma programs.
Care teams at Healthplex CenterPoint will offer treatment options that previously were limited in availability in the region.
The most consolidated and comprehensive urology practice Geisinger has ever established in northeastern Pennsylvania will offer same-day care for patients with emergent conditions like kidney stones or inability to urinate.
Bolstering a wide range of sports medicine as well as hand, and foot and ankle services, the orthopaedics team will also perform arthroscopic hip procedures.
A complete subspecialty eye-care program will feature ophthalmic providers capable of delivering virtually any service a patient may need. It includes neuro ophthalmology care and pediatric ophthalmology care. The team will also perform LASIK surgery, a first for Geisinger in the northeast region.
The diagnostics suite adds two new MRI machines, along with computed tomography (CT) and X-ray capability, significantly expanding imaging services in the region.
Designed with a focus on patient comfort in a space that previously housed a Walmart, the healthplex features a café, an atrium with outdoor green space and seating, and facial recognition technology for easy check-in. It also provides abundant parking and is accessible by public transportation.
Adapting an existing building for new use brings needed services to Pittston Township in an environmentally friendly way. The project avoided energy-costly demolition, preserved undisturbed land that might otherwise have been used for new development, and created sustainable green space and gardens.
“Residents and leaders in this community welcomed this project with open arms and will share in its positive impacts on health and the local economy,” said Beer. “Together, we succeeded in contributing to the vibrance of an area we all love. A space that once buzzed with commerce will now care for the community for years to come.”
For more information on Geisinger Healthplex CenterPoint, visit Geisinger.org/healthplexcenterpoint.