"Currently, an overwhelming number of patients are migrating away from central Pennsylvania to receive cancer treatments,” said Victor Vogel, M.D., director, Geisinger Cancer Institute. “Because of this new, comprehensive cancer treatment facility, Schuylkill County residents will have access to high-level cancer care without having to travel. When someone is in need of cancer services, the comfort of remaining close to home during a very challenging time can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.”
Staff at the new 5,000-square-foot cancer center on Schuylkill Medical Center’s East Norwegian Street campus will initially include a full-time medical oncologist who will regularly see patients through the program. Services at the new cancer center will include hematology, medical oncology as well as a chemotherapy treatment area.
“By expanding cancer services in Schuylkill County, patients will be able to participate in more clinical trials, which will allow them access to some of the newest cancer treatments available today,” said John E. Simodejka, president and CEO of Schuylkill Health. “Through this new partnership, the latest clinical trials will now be available right here at Schuylkill Health.”
About Schuylkill Medical Center – East Norwegian Street
Schuylkill Medical Center – East Norwegian Street, part of Schuylkill Health System, is a 126—bed general, acute care hospital dedicated to make a positive difference in the scope and quality of healthcare available for the Schuylkill County Community. Schuylkill Health also includes Schuylkill Medical Center – South Jackson Street , Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center, Schuylkill Health Home Health, Schuylkill Health School of Nursing as well as related organizations. Early in its formation, Schuylkill Health introduced the electronic medical record at its facilities. To learn more, visit http://www.schuylkillhealth.com/.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 42 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit http://www.geisinger.org/. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at www.twitter.com/geisingerhealth and www.facebook.com/geisingerhealth.