Health &
Human Services

Health &
Human Services

The communities of the Juniata River Valley enjoy easy access to quality medical services, with improvements being made to the delivery of those services each year. From social, human, and behavioral services which help individuals lead healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives to major medical support provided by a hospital or medical center, the Juniata River Valley has a team of professionals who share a genuine concern for all aspects of the population’s wellness.
<center>Valley View Retirement Community | <b><a href="http://www.vvrconline.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Juniata Valley Behavioral & Developmental Services | <b><a href="tel:717-242-6467">CLICK TO CALL (717) 242-6467</a></b></center>
<center>Juniata Valley Behavioral & Developmental Services | <b><a href="tel:717-242-6467">CLICK TO CALL (717) 242-6467</a></b></center>
<center>Lewistown Pharmacy, Inc. | <b><a href="https://www.lewistownpharmacyrx.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Lewistown Pharmacy Inc. | <b><a href="https://www.lewistownpharmacyrx.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>
<center>Watson's Optical, Inc. | <b><a href="tel:717-242-2721">CLICK TO CALL (717) 242-2721</a></b></center>
<center>Watson's Optical, Inc. | <b><a href="tel:717-242-2721">CLICK TO CALL (717) 242-2721</a></b></center>
<center>Juniata Valley Behavioral Suicide Prevention | <b><a href="tel:18009299583">CLICK TO CALL 1-800-929-9583</a></b></center>
<center>Juniata Valley Behavioral Suicide Prevention | <b><a href="tel:18009299583">CLICK TO CALL 1-800-929-9583</a></b></center>
The area’s primary provider is the Geisinger Health System. Geisinger employs approximately 32,000 people, including 1,800 employed physicians, and attends to more than 3 million Pennsylvanians across 45 counties. As one of their 13 hospital campuses, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital is a 123-bed acute care facility with a wide range of medical and surgical services and is a valuable resource to Juniata and Mifflin Counties. The hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. As the western hub for Geisinger, they support primary care at five locations, nine specialty services offices, and five pharmacies in the Juniata River Valley.
Local health care providers have made major investments in the community over the past few years. Primary Health Network has completed construction of a new $14 million, three-story, 45,000 square foot facility in Derry Township. In Belleville, Valley View Retirement Community completed a $10.8 million, 40,000 square foot expansion project in 2015, adding a 21-bed short-term rehabilitation facility for all ages, as well as a secure 21-bed wing specifically designed and staffed for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Health Care Fast Facts
Population By Age

Also in Bellville, Central Pennsylvania Clinic – A Medical Home for Special Children and Adults completed construction of their new $2.5 million timber frame facility which includes a biochemical and molecular lab to assist with their research and treatment of hereditary conditions in closed communities.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital recently invested in a Mako robotic-arm-assisted joint replacement technology, which will serve residents in Mifflin and surrounding counties. The Mako system will assist doctors providing total hip plus total and partial knee replacements. The equipment’s capabilities allow smaller incisions, less post-operative pain, and can lead to faster returns to daily activities. This system is in addition to other recent Geisinger investments including upgrading the Emergency Department and Imaging Services, as well as installing new 3-D mammography technology to improve early detection of breast cancer while providing patients a more comfortable experience.

<center>DaVita | <b><a href="https://www.davita.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CLICK HERE to view the website</a></b></center>

The community is served by a number of ancillary services, supplementing our commitment to conveniently located, high-quality health care. The DaVita Lewistown Dialysis Center provides treatment and support services for chronic kidney failure patients. Local residents have access to numerous pharmacies, hearing and optical care services, as well as a number of excellent transportation and ambulance services.