Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital has the services I need and accepts my insurance?
You can use Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital for 90% of your medical needs. AND nearly ALL insurances are accepted.

Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital accepts most major insurances including GHP, Medicare, Medicaid, Highmark, and Aetna, as well as many others. This allows you the freedom to choose Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital. If your coverage changes it does not necessarily mean you have to travel out of town for comprehensive healthcare services - check with your agent.

Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital provides 90% of the healthcare you may need during your lifetime right here in town. This includes advanced imaging services, a broad spectrum of surgical services, including colonoscopy, joint replacement and back and neck procedures, and progressive emergency care.

As with all insurances, you should check your plan or call your insurance provider before you schedule a visit or procedure to make sure it will be covered.
Will my primary care physician take care of me while I am in the hospital?
Although some primary care physicians will personally attend to you while in the hospital, many more are opting to use the specialized services of hospitalists - a new specialty at Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital.
What is a hospitalist and how do they know my medical history?
The term 'hospitalist' refers to a specialty physician who focuses on providing care for patients who have been admitted to the hospital. When you are admitted to Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital, our hospitalists work very closely with you and your primary care doctor to design the best possible course of treatment. Your hospitalist coordinates your care throughout your stay, remaining in constant communication with your primary physician.

Upon discharge you will return to the care of your primary physician. When you leave Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital, your hospitalist will send your records to your primary doctor. Your hospitalist will also help coordinate your follow-up care and prescribe any medications you need to take when you leave the hospital. Your primary care doctor will take care of refills if necessary.
Where should I park for my appointment?
Click here to view the Hospital's campus map. On it you will be able to coordinate the closest entrance and parking lot for your visit.
Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital, Bloomsburg Physicians Services, Bloomsburg Health Care Center and Columbia Montour Home Health and Hospice. Bloomsburg Health System offers seamless healthcare.

At Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital you have access to a variety of primary care and specialty physicians. You also have the convenience of on-site state-of-the-art imaging and testing services, as well as fully private rooms for every patient.

In addition, if you require follow-up care after a hospital stay, such as rehabilitation, home health, nursing or hospice care, Bloomsburg Health System makes it easy for you to receive in-patient, out-patient, or in-home services to meet your individual needs.
What does it mean to be a not-for-profit community hospital?
Being a not-for-profit community hospital means that this is your hospital. It's a place where quality care is provided in a friendly, comforting atmosphere, where everyone is committed to bettering your health, and where the needs of the community and its members are put before the bottom line.

Our Hospital is owned and operated locally. Everything we do comes back to the Hospital - there are no shareholders - there is no corporate headquarters - there are no for-profit ventures. Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital does not own other hospitals in other communities and does not spend your money outside our community. All of our profits are put back into the hospital to improve facilities, better technology and create new services.
What is meant by “Short Procedure?”
Also known as in-and-out surgery, short procedure designates a surgical procedure that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.

The Short Procedure Unit (SPU) is designed to provide high quality one-day medical or surgical care without the added cost of an extended hospital stay. The short procedure concept allows patients to recuperate in the familiar surroundings of their homes, lessening anxiety as well as cost.

Your doctor determines whether or not you are a good short procedure candidate. Prime consideration is given to your physical condition, age, medical history and type of procedure needed. Some typical procedures include:
  • Colonoscopy
  • Dental Surgery
  • Ear, Nose, Throat Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Endoscopy
I am scheduled to have a surgical procedure. What should I do to prepare?
Your physician should let you know if you need to have pre-admission testing (PAT). If so, these tests should be done in the days preceding your procedure. Also, unless otherwise noted, it is a good idea to fast for at least 12 hours prior to your surgery. Anesthesia can make some people feel sick, so fasting helps decrease potential nausea.

On the day of your surgery:
  1. Pack a change of clothes, preferably loose fitting, as well as toiletries and personal care products. If you forget something, there is a fully stocked Gift Shop just inside the Main Entrance.
  2. Pack all of your medications.
  3. Bring a robe and slippers if you wish. Although the Hospital will provide you a gown to wear, some people feel more comfortable in their own robe and slippers.
  4. Wear baggy or loose fitting clothes to the Hospital. This will make any additional testing or examinations easier.
  5. Report to the Registration area, located by the ER, at least 2 hours prior to your surgery time so that your anesthesiologist may assess your anesthetic needs.
  6. Please leave large sums of money, credit cards, and all jewelry at home.
  7. Arrange to have someone accompany you throughout the procedure and take you home when you are discharged. You will not be permitted to leave the Hospital alone.
Why did I receive multiple bills for my hospital stay?
There are several possible reasons why you received multiple bills. The most common reason is that physician fees are often billed separately from Hospital fees.

Hospital fees are based upon the charges you incur while in the Hospital. The Hospital bill includes fees for nursing care, pre-admission testing, your room and other Hospital services you may have required. Physicians' fees, however, are not included in your Hospital bill.

You will most likely receive separate bills from the physicians who participated in your diagnosis and treatment. In addition, specialists such as anesthesiologists, pathologists and cardiologists, often bill separately.

Most insurance companies require pre-certification for a Hospital admission. In other words, it is up to you to notify your insurance company before you are admitted, or within 24 hours of an emergency admission. You are responsible for any part of your bill not covered by insurance. To discuss payment options or possible sources of assistance, please call Patient Accounts at (570) 387-2155.
When can I visit a friend or family member in the hospital?
Standard visiting hours are from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 8:30pm Monday through Sunday. Visiting hours will vary depending on the department. Also, alternate visiting hours may be available, but we request that you consult a nurse in the department before arriving at the Hospital.