Geisinger Holds Groundbreaking for Orthopaedic Center








BUCKHORN – Geisinger has officially broken ground on a ‘facility that will change orthopedic care.’ The sports-themed event was held Wednesday at the property in Buckhorn for ‘The Orthopedic Center Pennsylvania,’ after its original May 16 date was postponed due to weather.

Dr. Michael Suk is the chair of Geisinger’s Musculoskeletal Institute, “This is where hospitals and hospitality meet. That’s how we redefine the experience and make sure the hospital-care meets that Ritz-Carlton experience. Imagine that.”

The event featured the Central Columbia Pep Band, Geisinger pom poms, and a tour of the construction site. Plans for the $180 million facility include eight operating rooms, an imaging center, an outpatient clinic with 96 exam rooms, outpatient rehab services, a dedicated 28-bed inpatient unit and more.

Dr. Suk says the goal of this center is prevent Valley residents from going to major cities for higher-quality care, “I said, ‘I don’t want to just stop them from leaving, I’m actually turning the highway the other way around.’ People in New York City with the pandemic…and Philadelphia…nobody wants to be in the middle of the city of 17 million people and having to face that kind of congestion. But look around, what New Yorker wouldn’t want to recover right over there?”

Dr. Suk was referring to an outdoor rehab area that will also be part of the new facility. Construction on the multi-floor facility is scheduled to being in early 2022 with anticipated completion in 2024. They say this is part of a multi-year effort to convert all inpatient units to private rooms at Geisinger’s Danville campus.

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