Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit expand access to cardiothoracic surgery

A new agreement between Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit provides people living in the West Shore region with increased access to world class heart surgery. The organizations have signed a physician services agreement that calls for Penn State Health cardiothoracic surgeons and advanced practice providers to provide clinical and surgical care to patients at Geisinger Holy Spirit. That includes outpatient and inpatient procedures, as well as full-time consultative, emergency and trauma cardiothoracic care at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

Under the agreement, which took effect Sept. 1, five former Geisinger Holy Spirit clinicians – a physician, three physician assistants and a medical assistant – are now employed by Penn State Health. They will continue to see patients at 875 Poplar Church Road, Suite 400, in Camp Hill, adjacent to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital.

In addition, four cardiothoracic surgeons from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will provide cardiac surgery services at Geisinger Holy Spirit facilities, with other Hershey Medical Center physicians expected to join them later this year. This includes coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital.

“We are delighted to have our cardiothoracic surgeons working alongside the nurses and physicians of Geisinger Holy Spirit’s heart team,” said Dr. Lawrence Sinoway, director of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute. “This is a fantastic opportunity to form a regional network for cardiothoracic surgery for the greater Harrisburg area.”

“Geisinger Holy Spirit and Penn State Health working together to provide professional and compassionate care for cardiac surgery patients at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital is great news for our patients and community,” said Kyle C. Snyder, Geisinger Holy Spirit chief administrative officer. “It’s gratifying to see everyone working together in a collegial way in caring for the people we serve.”

In June, Penn State Health and Geisinger Holy Spirit announced a similar agreement that allowed the organizations to expand access to world class neurosurgical care for people in the West Shore region. Penn State Health neurosurgeons and advanced practice providers provide clinical and surgical care to patients at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

“By providing expert cardiothoracic and neurosurgical care to people in the West Shore region, we’re working with Geisinger Holy Spirit to ensure patients can receive excellent care closer to where they live,” said Deborah Berini, president of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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