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Susquehanna University, Geisinger to Open New Clinic

Published on May 13, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Susquehanna University and Geisinger Health System have partnered to bring a new student health center and health clinic to university students and the greater Selinsgrove community.

Geisinger Medical Center at Susquehanna University will be located in the former St. Pius church, 620 University Ave., Selinsgrove. The building is currently being renovated and is expected to open in late August or early September.

“This is a very unique opportunity to partner with a local university on health care,” said Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D. Ph.D., president and CEO, Geisinger Health System. “It has been a tremendous experience working with Susquehanna University, and we look forward to not only enhancing the student health services, but also to providing key specialty care services to the Selinsgrove community.”

”I am pleased and proud to have Susquehanna leading the way in a new approach to providing student health services,” said University President L. Jay Lemons. “The opportunity to expand services provided to our students and to augment those of the local community has far-reaching benefits for the entire Greater Susquehanna Valley. We are especially pleased to be partnering with a national health care leader and look forward to working with our colleagues at Geisinger.”

The 16,000-square-foot facility will greatly expand the space, hours of operation, number of practitioners and services that are currently available at Susquehanna’s existing student health center. An important new service that will be made available at the new facility will be pediatric urgent care—the only such service in the Selinsgrove area. The next closest location for pediatric urgent care is at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

“As a result of this collaboration, residents will be able to seek important health care services close to home,” added Dr. Steele.

Additional specialty services include dermatology, endocrinology, general pediatrics, laboratory, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopedics including a joint program, physiatry, radiology, rehabilitation, rheumatology, spine medicine, sports medicine and physical therapy, and women’s health.

The new clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as four hours on Saturdays and Sundays. It will be staffed with approximately 40 Geisinger clinicians.

Patients will benefit from Geisinger’s robust electronic health record, which enhances efficiency of care. Susquehanna University students will have a waiting area set apart from the public entrance.

“This combined clinic/student health center is an excellent example of two not-for-profit organizations sharing resources to increase services for less than two separate efforts would cost,” said Mike Coyne, vice president for finance at Susquehanna University. “I think this is great news for our students, our families and our fellow Greater Selinsgrove community members.”

Susquehanna will invest an estimated $3.1 million to renovate the facility, which Geisinger will furnish, equip and lease back from the university over a 15-year period. R.S. Mowery & Sons Inc., of Mechanicsburg, is the project’s construction manager.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models, including its advanced medical home and ProvenCare ("warranty") program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 42 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org.

About Susquehanna University
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

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Contact:
Karen M. Jones
570-372-4650
joneskm@susqu.edu




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