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Emergency department to be restored at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) -- Wilkes-Barre will soon have another option for emergency medical services.

Geisinger announced today that the emergency department at its South Wilkes-Barre campus will be restored next year.

Back in 2009, the emergency department became an adult urgent care center with emergency care services being focused at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township.

Officials say more than 25% of patients drive the distance to that facility.

“When you look at towns like Hanover and Nanticoke, Plymouth, that really is not close enough to an emergency department when minutes matter. So for things that are serious like a heart attack or a stroke, minutes matter. So we want to get those people to be able to get the services of a full service emergency department as quickly as possible,” Dr. Anthony Aquilina, Regional President of Geisinger Northeast, said.

The department is expected to open in 2018.

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