JERSEY SHORE, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- In April, two medical providers decided to merge to save and better serve one rural community hospital.
Today, that merger was celebrated and many are now looking to the future.
It’s now been ten days since Geisinger merged with Jersey Shore Hospital. The two coming together means a great deal to this community.
There are high hopes as Geisinger publicly makes Jersey Shore Hospital one of their own. Without it, the hospital that many in Lycoming County depend on would have most likely closed.
“I felt as thought it was in struggling times for the past ten years at least,” says Michelle Misquitta of Jersey Shore.
The ceremony today acknowledges the merge approved by the state’s attorney general last week. Geisinger is now employing 280 people in Jersey Shore’s four location system.
“This will allow us to have access to the specialty service that we didn’t have for the last several years,” says Dave Shannon, President and CEO of Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital.
That includes working with different health plans like Highmark and the state’s employee health benefit trust. Many who have it and live in the area were forced to get their medical care somewhere else.
The merge will also open doors for top notch training for its personnel.
“And then we have a five year plan that we will be implementing that will include recruitment, new equipment, and new programs,” says Tom Sokola, a Geisinger administrator.
“I beileve it’s great,” says Misquitta. “There is so many transfers from our rural hospital to Geisinger.”
Geisinger Jersey Shore does treat advance life support patients there, and if they need that support, they will be taken to Danville for further treatment.
Geisinger now operates 12 hospital campuses in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.