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adjoining control room. Across the hall, separate changing rooms for men and women sat unused, ready for the first patients to arrive.

What’s also new is that patients can receive extended walk-in urgent care with Careworks moving there and increasing its hours. Michael Haynes, administrative director for Careworks, pointed out the new exam rooms and laboratory for the walk-in clinic.

“It’s something we’re really excited about,” he related. “It’ll be a great benefit for patients. They’ll have 75 hours of access a week.”

The Careworks clinic will be open on weekdays, from 9 a. m. to 8 p. m., and weekends, from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. Haynes explained that, if a patient is ill and his regular physician can’t give him an appointment that day, he can come to the same facility and receive immediate care at the clinic.

Geisinger has 16 locations that provide urgent care in Pennsylvania, Haynes added, but the Mountain Top location will be the first to have a Careworks operating within another Geisinger medical facility. Also, he pointed out, patients using the clinic don’t have to be regular patients of Geisinger and don’t need insurance.

Tiffany Noll, who will head the nursing team at Geisinger, was also part of last week’s media tour. She smiled in the nurses’ station and gestured that the desks would soon be occupied by computers and paperwork, ready for business.

Noll pointed out that the entrance to the building is laid out well, with a reception desk at the door so, “You don’t walk in and you’re lost.” Behind the desk, Noll then motioned to the waiting room, with chairs to accommodate 50 people and a wall of windows that looks out to a current view of beautiful fall foliage.

A separate part of the new building is dedicated to pediatrics and its entrance is met with a huge waiting room that is cut in half by a dividing wall, so that healthy children there for a check-up can be separated from sick children carrying germs.

Dr. Maria Alexies Samonte will practice pediatrics there, as well as pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Eduardo Tron. Practicing pediatric endocrinology will be Dr. Naghma Aijaz and Stacy Trovitch, CRNP.

Along with Dr. Tomczyk, two other physicians will be practicing family medicine at the new location, Dr. Amanda Tamm and Dr. Lindsay Stavish. Dr. Sandeep Mehrok will practice internal medicine there. Lisa Mattei, a physician’s assistant, and Allen Sabatino, a CRNP, will work at the walk-in clinic.

Geisinger will have 33 employees at the new location, most from the three consolidated facilities. “It’ll be a great improvement,” concluded Pramick. “It’ll be a nicer environment for everyone.”