Published: January 3, 2014
WEST HAZLETON, Pa. – Today, a new Geisinger Careworks Walk-In Clinic began seeing patients. The new facility is located at 6 Diana Lane in the Staples Plaza.
In the fall of 2012, Geisinger Health System announced it would open between 20 and 25 walk-in medical clinics within the next two years and throughout the state, creating more than 100 new jobs. The growing popularity of Careworks clinics amongst consumers can be attributed to their convenience and affordability, stated Careworks Chief Executive Officer Ken Berndt.
“Careworks clinics do not require an appointment, are conveniently located, involve only a short wait time, are open evenings and weekends and most of all, they are affordable,” Berndt explained. “We bill insurance and patients only pay their primary care co-pay.”
Patients generally visit Careworks facilities for basic health services related to colds, sore throats, minor cuts, wounds and general immunizations. Careworks also treats other minor health problems such as allergies, asthma, infections and sprains.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Careworks, Berndt added, is that they help relieve chronic overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms.
“ED overutilization is a serious concern – one that places a major financial burden on patients, health insurers, health care providers, communities and even our entire economy,” Berndt said. “Consumers seeking to avoid long waits in emergency rooms and the high costs associated with them have told us they are grateful for our services.”
The new 1,600-square-foot Geisinger Careworks Hazleton Walk-In Clinic will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with no appointment necessary. The $200,000 facility features a new reception area, exam rooms and an on-site laboratory. Its four-person staff includes a certified nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant and two certified management accountants.
For more information on Careworks, visit West Hazleton Clinic