Published: January 7, 2014
TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. – A new Geisinger Careworks After Hours clinic started seeing patients on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Geisinger-Tunkhannock location, 110 Treible Road. The public is invited to tour the location during an open house slated for Saturday, Jan. 25 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 among 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 an office visit 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.”
Careworks After-Hours clinics are located within Geisinger facilities, usually a primary care physicians’ office. The new Geisinger Careworks After Hours Tunkhannock will be staffed from 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is necessary at Geisinger Careworks After Hours Tunkhannock, where the facility features lab and blood work services. Its three-person staff includes Charlea Pedro, FNP, Anne Kromis, LPN and Regina Hollister, MA.
During the Jan. 25 open house, the first 100 attendees will receive a free gift and there will be a raffle for a free iPad. The event will also feature a live radio remote by Froggy 101, refreshments and more.
For more information on Geisinger Careworks After Hours Tunkhannock, visit Tunkhannock Clinic