Primary Health, Geisinger partnering for medical complex in central Pennsylvania

CNHI News ServiceDon Pownell, of Sharon-based Keystone Health Care, holds a giant check presented to him by state Senator John Gordner to help build a medical complex in downtown Shamokin, Pa.

SHAMOKIN, Pa. — Sharon-based Primary Health Network and Geisinger Medical Center will partner to build an $8 million complex offering primary care, a pharmacy, behavioral health services, women’s care and pediatric care in the central Pennsylvania town of Shamokin.

State Sen. John Gordner made the announcement Thursday afternoon standing next to Shamokin Mayor John Brown and the driving force of the project, Northumberland County Commissioner Sam Schiccatano, in front of the former Jones Hardware building.

The city was awarded $1 million grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project, Gordner said.

“If those of us who grew up in Shamokin don’t go out and do something for this city, then who will?” Schiccatano asked.

Schiccatano said his wife had to go to the emergency room two years ago, and she waited for several hours. The commissioner decided to contact Danville’s Geisinger Medical Center officials, and began to set up meetings about bringing a complex to Shamokin, Gordner said.

“He was the driving force for this, and he worked on it every day for the past two years,” Gordner said. “I wasn’t sure this was going to happen, but here we are today.”

The three-story complex will sit in the 300 block of Independence Street in the downtown, said Don Pownell, of Keystone Healthcare Development, of Sharon. Keystone Healthcare Development will build the project.

“We are all excited, and this is something that is needed in Shamokin,” he said.

The project will be a 29,000-square-foot, three-story new building in downtown Shamokin, Pownell said. The building’s first floor will house a Fresh Food Farmacy, a pharmacy, and care works (urgent care).

The second floor will house Primary Health Network Primary Care and Behavioral Health. The third floor will house Geisinger Health System Women’s Care and Pediatrics plus other rotating specialties. The urgent care will be run by both Primary Health Network and Geisinger.

The first phase of construction on the complex is set to begin in the fall, Pownell said, and completion is expected by the fall of 2020.

CNHI News Service