Your Health Briefs

New Geisinger Careworks Clinic

in Loyalsock Township plans open house

The public is invited to tour the new Geisinger Careworks Walk-in Clinic Williamsport from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsport T.J. Maxx Plaza on the Golden Strip, 1824 E. Third St.

Last fall, Geisinger Health System announced it would open between 20 and 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 CEO 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 said. “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, sprains, insect bites and minor burns.

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 2,000 square-foot Williamsport walk-in clinic opened May 3 and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No appointments are needed. The facility features a reception area, two exam rooms, X-ray and lab space.

The first 100 people in attendance at the June 1 open house will receive a free gift. The event also will feature children’s activities, a live radio remote by KISS-FM 102.7 (WKSB), refreshments and more. Everyone may register to win a free iPad.

Run to benefit spinal cord research

A 5K/10K run walk, Strides for Spinal Cord Injury Research, will be held at 9 a.m. June 8 at Indian Park in Montoursville.

Participants who register before Saturday will receive a discount. On the day of the event, people may register at 8 a.m.

All participants will receive a goody bag containing a 5K event T-shirt, coupons/gift certificates to local businesses and other small items, while supplies last. Numerous giveaway drawings will be held after the event. Each participant will be given a 50/50 ticket and that will used for picking the winners of the items being given away.

All money raised will be donated to the Reeve-Irvine Research Center and Research For a Cure. The center is named after Christopher Reeve and his family and its goal is to cure paralysis after a spinal cord injury.

The money raised via the 5K will go directly to spinal cord injury research and human trials. Research has shown dramatic improvements in animal studies. The hope and goal is to fund ongoing trials on humans.

City resident Jay Harner said he is organizing the event because he had an injury that left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.

For more information, or to register, call Harner at 601-4882 or email him at

Evangelical Hospice plans flea market fundraiser

LEWISBURG – Evangelical Hospice will hold its annual flea market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 and 7 a.m. to noon June 6 at the Faith Lutheran Church on Route 45, just west of here.

Items will be sold at $7 per bag (bag provided). Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be available.

Donations only may be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 at Faith Lutheran Church. No large furniture, encyclopedias, magazines or broken items will be accepted.

All proceeds go to direct patient care provided by Evangelical Hospice.

For more information, call 522-2550.

Comprehensive blood screening offered

Community Health Education at Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a comprehensive blood screen from 7 to 10 a.m. June 12 at Elmcroft of Loyalsock in Montoursville.

To make an appointment, call 768-3200.

A comprehensive blood screening can provide important details about your health, sometimes before symptoms of a condition surface, giving you and your physicians the power to plan ahead. The $30 fee includes a lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), complete blood count and CMP (blood sugar, electrolytes, calcium, protein, liver enzymes, etc.).

Appointments are required by calling Community Health and Wellness at 768-3200.

Cold, sore legs? Attend this screening

LEWISBURG – Community Health Education at Evangelical Community Hospital will hold a free screening program for people who are concerned they may be at risk for peripheral vascular disease.

Common symptoms are aching, tiredness or cramping in the legs, numbness, tingling or coldness, or foot sores that don’t heal.

The Healthy Legs for Living program, formerly Legs for Life, will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. June 19 at the Community Health and Wellness Center.

Appointments are required by calling 768-3200.

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Alzheimer’s training offered

LEWISBURG – Home Instead Senior Care Training Center, 130 Buffalo Road, will hold the following free Community Alzheimer’s CARE training workshops:

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, Capturing Life’s Journey – Wednesday, June 10, July 16;

Techniques to Handle Challenging Behaviors/Activities to Encourage Engagement – May 15, June 17, July 23

Planned from 6 to 8 p.m., the workshops will teach caregivers and other family members how to manage behaviors, encourage engagement and care for themselves while caring for their loved one.

The first workshop will highlight the causes and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how they are diagnosed, related behaviors and how to use the journal called Capture Life’s Journey.

At the second workshop, participants will learn more about the challenging behaviors displayed by those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, plus the techniques to handle those behaviors, as well as the benefits of staying active for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Both workshops offer the opportunity for family caregivers to meet others who are sharing similar experiences.

The Community Alzheimer’s CARE program incorporates an innovative, person-centered approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

To register, call 522-6533.

Hospital offers community events

WELLSBORO – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will hold the following events in May:

7-8:30 p.m. Friday – Expectant Parents class, “C-Section Delivery and Breastfeeding.” Room location varies, so check front lobby or meeting room signage for location. Classes are not sequential, and participants may join at any time. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 723-0375.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14-15 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) class, conference room. PALS is an education course aiming to provide pediatric caregivers, such as registered nurses, physicians and paramedics, with ways to identify, prevent and treat cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children. Dr. Barry Clark will be the instructor. Advance registration is required. Fees may apply. For more information or to register, call the Staff Development office at 723-0192, or visit

7-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. May 16 – Free blood pressure screening, hospital lobby.

8 a.m.-noon and noon-4 p.m. May 28 – Neonatal resuscitation skills testing, board room. The course is based on the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association’s international guidelines for the emergency cardiovascular care of a newborn. Registration required. For more information or to register, call 723-0192.

Walk to support Lyme disease group

PINE CITY, N.Y. – A Hope 4 Lyme Inc. is observing May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month with a Lyme Walk – for those who can’t.

The event will be held Saturday at Chapel Park, 83 Personius Drive, Pine City, N.Y. Registration is at 10 a.m., and the walk starts at 11.

Walkers may bring a friendly dog. People do not need to walk or raise money to attend the event.

The mission of A Hope 4 Lyme is to help relieve those suffering from and distressed by the effects of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and promote community awareness. For more information, visit

Susquehanna Health announces events

Susquehanna Health will hold the following events to benefit the community:

5 p.m. May 14 – Advanced carbohydrate counting class, Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center, Divine Providence Hospital. Participants will learn more about which foods are carbohydrate sources, good carbs vs. bad carbs and how to plan meals and snacks that promote weight loss and blood sugar control. Speaking with a physician and insurance plan prior to class is recommended. A referral from a primary care physician is required prior to taking the class. For more information, call 326-8410.

10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. May 15 – CPR Anytime, The LifeCenter, Bon-Ton/JCPenney wing of Lycoming Mall. State Department of Health Chronic Disease Nurse Consultant Becky Lewis will facilitate the program, which offers hands-on learning and awareness of performing CPR. Participants will receive a free training kit that includes a mini Annie doll, booklet and DVD to take home and share with family and friends. Seating is limited. To register, call 1-877-883-4791.

1-2 p.m. May 16 – Plant-based nutrition therapy class, Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center, Divine Providence Hospital. Ideal for individuals who are overweight or obese, have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low HDL, a history of heart disease and/or diabetes. A referral from a physician is required prior to taking the class. A fee applies. For information, call 326-8410.