WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 23, to celebrate the expansion of the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center.
The conclusion of the $80 million expansion brings world-class cancer care closer to home for patients and their support systems, which is critical in improving outcomes for those battling cancer. Since 2008, Geisinger has invested more than $515 million into better and more accessible care for people in Luzerne County and the surrounding area. Patients of the Henry Cancer Center in northeastern Pennsylvania will no longer need to seek advanced care in cities like Philadelphia and New York.
“This commitment in Luzerne County means our neighbors in northeastern Pennsylvania can stay close to home for the most advanced, lifesaving cancer care,” said Geisinger’s president and CEO, Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D. “It’s the fulfillment of the vision that the Henry family and Geisinger established 30 years ago.”
Patients who previously had to seek care outside the region will soon be able to visit the 92,150-square-foot, four-story cancer center expansion with an 18-bed inpatient unit. The new 51-bay infusion center doubles the previous number of bays used for chemotherapy and other intravenous treatments. Besides improving accessibility to care, the cancer center expansion will reduce wait times and increase appointment availability. State-of-the-art technology includes the non-invasive CyberKnife S7, which delivers precise doses of radiation anywhere in the body without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
“For nearly three decades, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has developed a program that brings exceptional cancer care to residents of northeast PA,” said Rajiv Panikkar, M.D., chair of the Geisinger Cancer Institute. “Today marks another step forward as we expand cancer services for our neighbors and their caretakers, providing what they need in their own community.”
The opening of the cancer center reinforces Geisinger’s pledge to offer the best quality care to everyone it serves.
“When our patients enter Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, they’ll know they’re getting world-class care in the same hospital that’s taken care of generations of their neighbors,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer of Geisinger’s northeast region. “Our patients will no longer have to travel far for advanced cancer treatment, thanks to the continued support of our community. The Henry family’s vision for state-of-the-art cancer care in northeastern Pennsylvania has changed the lives of countless people, and that vision lives on today.”
For more information on cancer care at Geisinger, visit Geisinger.org/CancerExpansion.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Henry Cancer Center_ribbon cutting: From left, Geisinger Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Walsh, Geisinger Northeast Chief Administrative Officer Ron Beer, Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, Geisinger Cancer Institute Chair Rajiv Panikkar, MD, Henry family representative Marjorie Marquart, Geisinger Northeast Radiology Director Mike Blazaskie, Geisinger Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, and Geisinger Health Board of Directors Vice Chair Heather M. Acker cut the ribbon on the newly expanded Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Henry Cancer Center_tour: Top, from left, Geisinger Cancer Institute Chair Rajiv Panikkar, MD, and Geisinger Northeast Chief Administrative Officer Ron Beer lead a tour of the newly expanded Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.