Published: June 5, 2013
SCRANTON, Pa. – A new Geisinger Careworks Walk-In clinic will start seeing patients on Thursday, June 6 in Carbondale. The public is invited to tour the new location at 267 Brooklyn Street, Carbondale, during an open house slated for Saturday, July 13, 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.”
During the July 13 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 children’s activities, refreshments and more.
For more information on Careworks, visit www.careworkshealth.com .