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 JayHarn3@gmail.com.
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.