Family Practice Center will be completed by July

Robert Inglis/The Daily Item The former Sears building at the Susquehanna Valley Mall is currently being renovated into the Family Center Practice.

Geisinger will sub-lease 25,000 square feet of space from the Family Practice Center at the Susquehanna Valley Mall to open an advanced care clinic.

The partnership has been in the works for years, said Benjamin Williard, chief financial officer at the Family Practice Center (FPC), which last year began renovating about half of the 102,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Sears with plans to open an education and wellness center and Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) where short-term care will be provided.

The Shamokin Dam-based, physician-owned company’s partnership with Geisinger was announced in a release issued Tuesday.

In the release, Geisinger said FPC “will provide much-needed services like primary care, urgent care, radiology and laboratory as well as additional services traditionally provided in the hospital all in one place. This unique model goes beyond traditional urgent care and will help more members of the Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam and Sunbury communities proactively address timely health concerns to avoid visits to the emergency room.”

“We are using a new model of care for Sunbury, Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam and the surrounding community that is designed to help address some of the health care needs created by the closing of the Sunbury Hospital,” said Dr. J. Edward Hartle, Geisinger’s executive vice president and chief medical officer. “With our space at the Susquehanna Valley Mall location, our team of physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and other medical professionals will be able to provide not only urgent care, but also ultrasound and other radiology testing, telemedicine services and a variety of specialty care services.”

Geisinger officials say the new space will allow “lower-cost options for non-life-threatening needs,” and allow same-day, walk-in care with shorter wait times.

“When we decided to occupy the approximately 100,000 square feet at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, our goal was to make sure residents of our area could get the care they need when they need it in a facility that is easily accessible,” FPC President Domenick Ronco said. “Now, with Geisinger collaborating within this space, there will be expanded capabilities to address the timely medical needs of our communities.”

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