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Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital to offer total joint class

CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c),
Jan. 9, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – Since merging with Geisinger Medical Center in January 2011, Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital (G-SACH) has experienced exponential growth in its joint replacement program and is now offering a bi-weekly total joint class for patients preparing for surgery. This new service will begin on Thursday, Jan. 24.

A representative from the orthopedic joint service will lead the educational process.  Presentations will also be given by representatives from blood conservation, physical therapy, pharmacy and care management. Researchers from Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in Total Joint Replacement (FORCE-TJR) – a national study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality which Geisinger Health System participates in – will also address a class.

Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital has a joint floor exclusively dedicated to the care of joint replacement patients. There is also an in-house skilled nursing facility and an outpatient rehab facility on the G-SACH campus.

“We have the infrastructure in place at G-SACH to properly treat the growing number of joint replacement procedures,” said G. Dean Harter, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, Geisinger Health System. “In addition the quality of the procedures, this new service (classes) offers additional support to patients both before and after joint replacement surgery.”

The classes are reserved for G-SACH patients preparing for joint replacement surgery. To schedule an appointment with a G-SACH orthopedic surgeon, call 1-800-275-6401. For additional information about the total joint class, please visit:

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 17,000 employees, including a 900-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 290,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $5.5 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook.

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