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New Health Care Clinic Opens in State College

by and on October 22, 2013 11:10 AM

Back in May, Geisinger Careworks opened in Bellefonte. Just five months later, another one has opened in State College.

The State College location officially opened its doors on Oct. 11. Careworks offers convenient healthcare for common, non-emergency medical problems. No appointments are necessary and the clinic is open seven days a week.

According to Geisinger Chief Executive Officer Ken Berndt, the State College Careworks is different than the Bellefonte location.

“This is significantly larger than the Bellefonte facility,” Berndt says. “We are going to be able to get more people through. It's got a couple of additional testing components to it. It has X-ray, so we're able to treat fractures, strains and sprains.”

The State College facility is approximately 2,200 square feet.

“We do have the ability to add additional exam rooms if we need it,” Berndt says. “Right now, we have two, which is our standard. But we can add two more. We also have a much larger reception area as well.”

The State College facility also features a lab on site.

“People can come in here for lab draws. If they go to Gray's Woods or Scenery Park, we can draw their laboratory right here,” Berndt says.

Careworks is located at 1630 N. Atherton St., in the Best Buy Plaza.

According to Berndt, the location is ideal.

“We tried to put it on a main artery and on a bus line, so if people don't have their own transportation, they could take a bus to get here,” he says. “At the same time, someone who is doing their normal day to day routine, their errands, it's convenient. Our hope is that people will be able to find us and get in and out quickly.”

The State College location is the 12th Careworks facility in the state. There are more coming, according to Berndt.

“There are five more opening in December, including one in Lock Haven,” he says. “They've been very well received. People in the communities have told us how grateful they are to have an access point for healthcare seven days a week and at a lower cost.”

Dr. Raymond Nungesser, regional medical director for Geisinger Health System says that there was a need in State College for a Careworks facility.

“The illnesses that people get today … you don't have to wait until tomorrow, the next day or days down the road to get them addressed,” Nungesser says. “Sometimes, when you don't get them addressed efficiently or promptly, complications occur.”

According to Nungesser, a facility like Careworks eliminates the need to go to the emergency room for every bump and bruise.

“It used to be when the doctor's office closed at five o'clock and didn't re-open until nine the next morning that the only option was the emergency room,” Nungesser explains. “That is expensive care. It's often not needed. Emergency rooms are fine when patients actually need them. Oftentimes, a high percentage of patients in emergency rooms don't need to be there.”

Nungesser is pleased that Geisinger was able to open a second Careworks in Centre County.

“We continue to grow in the Centre County area,” he says. “Our Grays Woods expansion project will be completed in February of 2014. We will continue to grow as the demand for our service increases.”

Geisinger Careworks is open seven days a week. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and select holidays.

Click HERE for more information or call (814) 238-1279.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.
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