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Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
Building Healthier Mifflin & Juniata Counties

Building Healthier Mifflin & Juniata Counties

Compassionate caring.  That’s our commitment to you when you come to Geisinger Lewistown Hospital for care.  Our physicians’ and practitioners’ dedication to serving the community and providing care for all in need has never been stronger.

Geisinger’s well-being is closely tied to the health of the community, which is why we seek to understand and respond to identified community health needs.  Our role is to be good corporate citizens and work with the community to tackle the most critical health and social problems. We are invested in community partnerships, job creation and support for local governments.  

That’s why Geisinger collaborated with outside organizations across a 13-county region to contract Tripp Umbach, a private healthcare consulting firms and nationally recognized leader in health needs assessments.  They assisted us in conducting our Community Health Needs Assessments.  Between October 2014 and March 2015, information was gathered from key community stakeholders using a variety of methodologies, including interviews, hand-distributed surveys and analysis of secondary data.  The information we collected indicated three distinct areas on which to focus:

  • Improving access to health care
  • Addressing needs related to behavioral health and substance abuse
  • Improving healthy behaviors  

What we’re doing to help

So now that we’ve learned so much about the communities we serve, what do we do next?  Create solutions that will enable us to serve them better.  

  • Improving healthcare access for everyone through
    • Hospital emergency and imaging department renovations and patient flow to increase efficiencies and streamline care
    • Technology upgrades to ensure better and faster test results
    • Additional health care provider recruitment
    • Developing a team approach to care through a medical home program
    • Online scheduling for physician visits
    • Available urgent care clinics such as Careworks
    • Primary Health Network to better serve the uninsured and underinsured
  • Addressing behavioral health and substance abuse through
    • Partnership with the Juniata Valley Behavioral Health & Development Services ad Tri-County Drug & Alcohol
    • A Medication Therapy program to help patients effectively deal with pain and avoid addiction problems
    • A medication disposal program that makes it possible for people to dispose of unwanted medications responsibly
  • Improving health behaviors through
    • A Wellness Program that addresses food insecurity, chronic diseases, and making healthy food choices

These problems won’t be solved overnight. But one step at time, we’re making a difference. We invite you explore our efforts to build healthier Mifflin and Juniata communities. To learn more visit www.geisinger.org.

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