Geisinger, Highmark to build Pennsylvania hospital

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger and Highmark in Pittsburgh have completed a joint venture agreement that will include construction of a hospital in Muncy Township, Pennsylvania.

The three-story, 119,500-square-foot hospital will include a full-service emergency department, surgical suite, and multispecialty clinic.

"One of the most exciting features of the new relationship between Highmark and Geisinger is the way we will care for our patients and members," said Jaewon Ryu, MD, interim president and CEO of Geisinger. "We are transforming how care is delivered in this new HealthPlex in Muncy Township.

"Using telemedicine technology, patients will have access to specialists in Danville and across the Geisinger system without having to travel. This not only improves quality, access and convenience, but has the added benefit of reducing healthcare costs," Dr. Ryu said.

Under the agreement, the systems will create a  not-for-profit organization that will serve a region spanning Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania.

In addition to the new hospital, Geisinger and Highmark will build a two-story, walk-in urgent care center in Lock Haven, Pa.

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