Published: September 13, 2007

Tannersville, Pa. —Geisinger Health System and Weis Markets recently celebrated the opening of their two newest CareWorks Convenient Healthcare clinics at Mr. Z’s superstore in Tannersville, PA, and Stroudsburg, PA, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Representatives from Geisinger Health System as well as Weis Markets and the Pocono Chamber of Commerce were on hand at both events Tuesday to mark the occasion and to discuss the benefits to the community.

“This new kind of healthcare is care that works for busy families and young professionals on the go,” said Dean Lin, Chief Executive Officer of Careworks Convenient Healthcare. “It’s care that works every day of the week, including evenings and weekends. It’s more affordable care and care provided in convenient locations where you shop.”

Since August 2006, Geisinger has opened clinics in Clarks Summit, Allentown and Easton. “Our CareWorks clinics have a 99 percent approval rating, and we look forward to continuing the success here in Tannersville and Stroudsburg,” said Lin.

The in-store clinics, located in space that Geisinger Health System has leased from Weis Markets, offers quick, convenient and affordable treatment for many common medical illnesses and routine tests. CareWorks Convenient Healthcare is open every day with clinic hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is necessary, and little or no waiting time is expected, with pagers available if someone is being seen when a customer arrives.  Most clinic visits average 15 minutes. Services are available for adults and children one year and older.

The CareWorks clinic is staffed by board certified, licensed medical professionals, Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants who are licensed to treat common illnesses and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.

Patients of CareWorks can receive treatment for common medical ailments and injuries such as sore throat, bronchitis, ear infections, minor sprains and strains, flu symptoms and pinkeye; cholesterol testing and other health screenings; sports and camp physicals; immunizations and laboratory tests, including reference lab testing if required.  Prices are posted up front on a menu board, with most services costing $49.  While patients can pay cash, CareWorks also accepts many insurance plans.  All costs are substantially less than fees in urgent care centers or emergency rooms.

Additional clinics are located in Clarks Summit, Allentown and Easton.  The CareWorks clinics are developed and operated by Geisinger Ventures, which is focused on technology and innovation.