CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c)
May 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The new Geisinger Careworks Walk-in Clinic Williamsport will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 31, at 11:30 a.m. The public is also invited to tour the new location at the Williamsport T.J. Maxx Plaza on the Golden Strip, 1824 E. Third Street, during an open house on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 Chief Executive Officer 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 explained. “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 will also feature children’s activities, a live radio remote by KISS-FM 102.7 (WKSB), refreshments and more. Everyone may also register to win a free iPad.
Geisinger Careworks is also proud to be the sponsor of “Kids Free Fridays” this season with the Williamsport Crosscutters minor league baseball team. For the six Friday home games during the 2013 season – June 28, July 19 and 26, August 2, 23 and 30 – parents can stop by the Williamsport Careworks clinic on the day of the games to get free tickets for their kids, ages 12 and under. These tickets will only be good for the Friday games and are only for kids 12 and under.
For more information on Careworks, visit www.careworkshealth.com.
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