Big Valley med center nearly complete

Renovations include waiting areas, exam rooms and state-of-the-art lab

A new treatment room at Geisinger Belleville is shown, where the finishing touches on a 5,500 square foot renovation project are wrapping up. Sentinel photo by KIERNAN SCHALK

BELLEVILLE — The construction at Geisinger Family Health Associates Big Valley Area Medical Center will soon be completed.

On Wednesday, a tour was given to show the newly renovated waiting areas, exam rooms, pharmacy and state-of-the-art laboratory.

The $2.8 million, 5,500 square foot renovation project began in May and is expected to open in its entirety on Dec. 5.

Prior to the renovation, most of the building, located at 4755 state Route 655, was vacant space. The project was three years in the making.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Director of Operations Aaron Hartsock said he is excited about following through on a promise to expand services to the people of the Big Valley.

“This puts primary care back in the heart of Belleville,” he said.

There will be three providers working out of the Belleville location, including Dr. Cybele Pacheco.

“I’m just excited to have a bigger space with better patient care … it’s a mini (Geisinger) Lewistown,” she said of the services available, including an on site pharmacy.

Hartsock said in addition to expanding the exam rooms from seven to 11, there is now a diagnostic lab room, which patients can take advantage of from 7 a.m. to noon, five days a week. There is also a separate entrance and check in station for those utilizing the lab.

The CareSite Pharmacy has plenty of over the counter items, in addition to prescription drugs and it takes all insurance plans.

Hartsock said there is also some additional space at the medical center, which has been set aside for possible expansion at a later date.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house has been tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2017.