NICHOLSON, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A hospital clinic is closing its doors in a rural part of Wyoming County.
Geisinger Nicholson Primary Care will consolidate with Tunkhannock, making room for a different service to the area.
The clinic has been in Nicholson for years. Before it came to this part of Wyoming County, patients went to Tunkhannock and now many of them will have to travel again.
“If the kids are sick, I can bring them with me. Run up the street. Quick and easy,” said Tiffany Germana, owner of Germana’s Pizzeria in downtown Nicholson.
She has been taking her three children to Geisinger Primary Care on Route 11 for the past four years.
“It’s super easy and convenient. It’s quick and easy, in and out of there. Everytime you go in you don’t wait, the nurses all know you.”
But, a convenient trip to see the doctor may become inconvenient for some soon. Geisinger has decided to consolidate this practice into Geisinger Tunkhannock.
“Hopefully Geisinger can reestablish a footprint in Nicholson. Serve our area and surrounding communities. You know having something local definitely goes a long ways,” said Nicholson Mayor Charles Litwin Jr.
In a statement to Eyewitness News, Geisinger said:
“This will allow for new, much-needed services in the Nicholson area, including plans to transition the former Geisinger Nicholson site into a Geisinger Convenient Care walk-in clinic.”
“We do have a lot of guys working in a stone quarry or logging and stuff like that,” said Germana.
Despite Germana having to travel to Tunkhannock for primary care, she’s glad Geisinger will be staying in some form.
“I think it is good that there will be something availble to us.”
Geisinger has not given a timeline as to when the Primary Care clinic will consolidate or when its Convenient Care will be moving in.