Published: December 30, 2013

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – A new Geisinger Careworks After-Hours recently started seeing patients on Monday, Dec. 16 in Lock Haven. The public is invited to tour the After-Hours clinic at 955 Bellefonte Ave. during an open house slated for Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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.

“Emergency department 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.”  

Careworks After-Hours clinics are located within other Geisinger facilities, usually a standard physicians’ office. The new Careworks clinic is located inside the regular Geisinger physicians’ office in Lock Haven and will be staffed Monday through Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and no appointment is necessary. The facility features a reception area, exam rooms and laboratory space. Its four-person staff includes Jessica Diehl, PA-C, Jacquelyn Borst, PA-C, Susan Gunsallus, LPN, and Theresa Hershberger, RN. 

The January 11 open house features a live radio remote by KISS-FM 102.7 with radio personality and morning show host Gary Chrisman, refreshments and more.

For more information on Careworks, visit Lock Haven Clinic.