Geisinger bringing baby deliveries back to Scranton

Health system plans $15 million maternity center

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Big changes are coming to a Geisinger facility in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Geisinger Health System announced plans Tuesday for its campus in Scranton to once again deliver babies.

The former owners of the hospital stopped delivering babies in 2007 because of insurance costs.

When Geisinger took over the hospital in 2012, managers say they had other immediate priorities but now five years later it is finally time to bring the babies back.

Meet Riccardo Gabriel Tumulak.

The bouncing baby boy was born Monday at Geisinger Wyoming valley in Plains Township.

His mom, Janice, lives in Wilkes-Barre and was happy to have Geisinger services close to her home.

"Here they treat you as a person. They call you by your first name so it matters a lot," Janice Tumulak said.

On Tuesday, the Geisinger Health System made a major announcement confirming that maternity care for expectant mothers is returning to its hospital in Scranton.

A new $15 million maternity center will be built on the facility's third floor.

"There are three hospitals in Luzerne County that deliver babies and only one in Lackawanna County," Dr. Anthony Aquilina, regional president of Geisinger Northeast said.

Dr. Aquilina says there hasn't been a week that has gone by when someone hasn't asked him "when" babies would be brought back to GCMC in Scranton.

He says the facility being planned will have seven delivery rooms and 11 postpartum suites.

When Geisinger came to Scranton five years ago, administrators say their first focus was on renovating the critical care and operating suites.

"What was missing was the moms and babies and that's the happy part of healthcare and we want to bring that back!" Dr. Aquilina said.

For Janice Tumulak, she couldn't be happier for future moms-to-be in Scranton.

She says the Geisinger staff let her other children be a part of her latest delivery process and that was important to her.

"They were cheering and they were counting together with my family, like with every push that I made," Tumulak said.

The Geisinger Health System is currently in the process of recruiting a labor and delivery team for its planned maternity center.

The facility is expected to open in 2019.

The only hospital in Scranton that currently offers baby delivery service is Moses Taylor Hospital which is owned by Commonwealth Health.

 


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