Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital opens doors: Hospital is co-owned by Geisinger and SLUHN

Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital officially opened its doors at 8 am on Nov. 20 in Orwigsburg. According to Geisinger, this marks the first time in Pennsylvania that two health care organizations have joined together to co-own and co-build a hospital.

Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital opened at 100 Paramount Drive in Orwigsburg – submitted

Both Danville-based Geisinger and Bethlehem-based St. Luke’s University Health Network own the hospital, with SLUHN managing the hospital. Both organizations are contributing medical expertise and specialists for patient care.

The $72 million 130,000-square foot, 3-story facility is located at 100 Paramount Dr. and employs more than 250 employees thus far. Recruitment is ongoing for some positions.

The hospital’s emergency department opened with 30 beds, but will expand to 80. The  additional inpatient beds will be added as service demand increases.

“The community has watched two health care organizations come together on this amazing project, and we couldn’t be more excited for the hospital to be open and to advance care in this

community,” said Gabe Kamarousky, president of Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital.

In addition to the emergency department and an intensive care unit, the hospital will offer cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedic

surgery, radiology and urology services. It also features a helipad for Geisinger Life Flight.

“When you add a facility like this to the health care services our organizations already offer in this area, we can make care more accessible and affordable,” said Dr. Jaewon Ryu,

Geisinger president and CEO. “…We also have 28,000 Geisinger Health Plan members in this area, and now they will have easier access to care.”

A medical office building is also under construction on the hospital campus and will include space for additional specialty care services.


Geisinger looks within for new president/CEO

Geisinger’s board of directors has appointed Dr. Jaewon Ryu as president and CEO, according to a June 20 press release.

Jaewon Ryu as president and CEO, Geisinger – submitted

Ryu, who has served as Geisinger’s interim president and CEO since November 2018 and executive vice president and chief medical officer since September 2016, becomes the seventh CEO in Geisinger’s 104-year history.

He succeeds Dr. David T. Feinberg, who left Geisinger earlier this year to assume a leadership role at Google.

“I am honored by this appointment and feel blessed to lead an organization that is making better health easier for our patients, members and communities,” Ryu said. “I am incredibly proud of the progress we are driving in expanding our value-based care model. Geisinger has a bright future ahead, and I am committed to building upon our legacy working with our dedicated and talented physicians and staff.”

Geisinger conducted a nationwide search for CEO that involved “some of the brightest, most-accomplished health care leaders in the country,” according to Geisinger Chairman John C. Bravman

Prior to joining Geisinger, Ryu served as president of Integrated Care Delivery for Humana in Louisville, Kentucky, and chief medical officer at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago.

He has held various leadership roles at Kaiser-Permanente and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and was a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ryu is an emergency medicine physician with a license to practice in Pennsylvania and California, and serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Geisinger is a health system serving more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton.