Published: September 16, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – A new Geisinger Careworks—State College will open to patients on Monday, Sept. 23. The public is invited to tour the new location at 1630 North Atherton St. in the Best Buy Plaza during an open house slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Last fall, Geisinger Health System announced it would open between 20 to 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 3,200-square-foot Careworks clinic will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and no appointment is necessary. The $450,000 facility features a reception area, exam rooms, X-ray and laboratory space. Its five-person staff includes one nurse practitioner, one physician assistant, one RN and two LPNs.

During the Sept. 28 open house, there will be a live radio remote on Majic 99, WMAJ 99.5 FM in State College, refreshments and more. For more information on Careworks, visit www.careworkshealth.com and for information on the State College clinic, visit State College Clinic

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