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Program SPOTLIGHT: Meet Geisinger 65 Forward — Personalized primary care and wellness for people 65+

A rendering of the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center in West Hazleton. Photo Credit/Source: Geisinger Press Release — https://www.geisinger.org/about-geisinger/news-and-media/news-releases/2020/06/30/21/58/geisinger-announces-65-forward-program-expansion

65Forward, a concierge care model for seniors that brings primary care, imaging, specialty services, socialization opportunities and fitness classes under one clinic roof.

“This is what we’ve been doing at Geisinger, where we continue to move care “upstream,” which has allowed us to more effectively manage our patients’ total health. One such example is 65Forward, a concierge care model for seniors that brings primary care, imaging, specialty services, socialization opportunities and fitness classes under one clinic roof. With panel sizes roughly one-fifth that of typical primary care panels across the country, that means patients spend a lot more time with their doctors, which means more of their concerns are addressed, both clinically and otherwise … In a post-COVID world, I hope programs like these, and the payment models that support them, continue to gain traction, helping patients better manage all of their care needs.” ~Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Geisinger. 

How can I join Geisinger 65 Forward?

Signing up is easy. All you have to do is be 65 or older and have Geisinger Gold (Medicare Advantage) insurance.

Have questions related to Geisinger Gold? Our insurance specialists are on standby Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to answer your questions. Call us for more information: 570-207-5970.

About Geisinger
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 nine 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 www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

What is Geisinger 65 Forward? Senior primary care (and so much more).

Geisinger 65 Forward is designed exclusively for people 65 and older. Our health and wellness centers offer everything you need under one roof in a calm, relaxing environment that feels more like a spa than a clinic.

You’ll get:

Same-day appointments

See your doctor, faster, so you get the attention you deserve

Longer visits

More 1:1 time with your doctor (up to 1 hour)

Everything under one roof

On-site lab, imaging, mental health services and more — our centers are like a one-stop shop for all your health needs

Social + educational activities

Chair yoga, ceramics, card games and more fill your calendar and keep you healthier and happier — for free, and in the same location as your doctor

A personal wellness plan

State-of-the-art fitness equipment, exercise classes and wellness coordinators to help you stay on-track with your goals — all integrated with your Geisinger Gold health plan————– 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – During a doctor’s appointment, having more time with the doctor is one way of making better health easier for those 65 and older. Geisinger is making that possible in northeastern Pennsylvania with the expansion of the system’s innovative 65 Forward program.

Two new Geisinger 65 Forward Health Centers will open this fall in Luzerne County. Construction is underway at 41 S. Main St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre and at 180 Susquehanna Blvd. in West Hazleton for the new centers.

The health needs of those age 65 and up are all addressed under one roof at Geisinger 65 Forward. The program’s primary care physicians see a maximum of 450 patients, compared to the national average of 1,400 patients per primary care physician. In addition to their physician, members have access to a team of health care professionals, including nurses, nutritionists, social workers, wellness coordinators and a personal health care advocate.

“This expansion is building on the success of our health centers in Kingston and Scranton,” said Maria Kobylinski, M.D., chair of Geisinger primary care services. “We know our patients’ and members’ health care needs change over time, and by offering more time with the doctor and the most commonly needed services, we’re making care easier by managing everything all in one place.”

Whether it’s visiting the doctor, taking an exercise class or participating in social events, 65 Forward provides a “one-stop shop” for health care by focusing on convenience and offering specialized care. Available to Geisinger Gold (Medicare Advantage) members, 65 Forward offers members doctor visits of up to 60 minutes and access to wellness activities and personalized care in a relaxing environment.

In addition to expanding to new locations, two new clinicians are joining the 65 Forward team in Luzerne County. Jovan Adams, D.O., joins James Tricarico, D.O., and Mark Evans, D.O., at the Kingston location. George Avetian, D.O., will join the program in mid-July and will see patients in Kingston before transitioning to practice at the Wilkes-Barre location.

The 65 Forward program is currently enrolling new patients. Those interested in enrolling can call 866-972-0460 or visit geisinger.org/ForwardNews.

In addition to the new locations in Luzerne County, the 65 Forward program is expanding this fall to central Pennsylvania.

About Geisinger
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 nine 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 www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

SOURCE: https://www.geisinger.org/about-geisinger/news-and-media/news-releases/2020/06/30/21/58/geisinger-announces-65-forward-program-expansion

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