Susquehanna University, Geisinger Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of New Clinic
Published on October 20, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Leaders of Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Susquehanna University recently held the official grand opening of a new health clinic and student health center on the campus of the university.
Through a partnership between GMC and Susquehanna, Geisinger–Susquehanna University, a service of Geisinger Medical Center, will serve both the university student population as well as the community. Students will benefit from expanded hours, enhanced space, electronic health records, and additional medical practitioners and services. They and the greater Selinsgrove community will have access to a range of health services that includes general pediatrics/pediatric urgent care, dermatology, endocrinology, laboratory, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopedics (including a joint program), physiatry, pulmonary medicine, sleep medicine, radiology, rehabilitation, rheumatology, spine medicine, sports medicine/physical therapy and women’s health.
Approximately 68 Geisinger employees are staffing the 16,000-square-foot facility located in the former St. Pius Church, 620 University Ave., Selinsgrove. The first patients were welcomed on Sept. 28.
“It has been a remarkable experience collaborating with the university and its leaders to develop a top-notch health clinic and student health center that paves the way for future academic partnerships,” said Glenn D. Steele Jr., M.D. Ph.D., president and CEO, Geisinger Health System. “Not only will this new facility enhance students’ access to health care, but the Selinsgrove community will benefit by having key services close to home.”
“This innovative approach to providing services on a university campus is a big win for Susquehanna University, our students and their families,” said University President L. Jay Lemons. “Parents can have the peace of mind that their loved ones will have an unusual and extraordinarily high quality of care readily available for managing a chronic condition as well as addressing sudden illnesses or perhaps unexpected injuries. We are also pleased to play a part in making these quality health care services available to Selinsgrove area residents. We look forward to a long relationship with the Geisinger community.”
Clinic hours for specialty services are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pediatric care. For pediatric urgent care, appointments are available until 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Student health center hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday mornings beginning at 10, with university nursing staff on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students also have access to the clinic’s extended weekday and weekend hours for urgent care. In addition, they have use of a waiting area that is set apart from the public entrance.
Susquehanna has invested an estimated $3.1 million to renovate the facility. Geisinger has furnished the new clinic and installed medical equipment, and is leasing 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 residential, national liberal arts college that prepares undergraduate 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. More than 2,200 students come to Susquehanna 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.