DANVILLE - Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) is one of six health care organizations from across the country selected by Walmart to participate in the company's Centers of Excellence program. As part of this unique arrangement, GMC will be providing heart surgery services for Walmart associates and their dependents.

"We are pleased to be selected by Walmart to participate in this innovative Centers of Excellence program," said Geisinger Health System president and chief executive officer Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. In addition to Geisinger, Walmart is also partnering with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.; Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., to offer its associates heart, spine and transplant services.

By seeking identified medical services at the partner health care organizations, Walmart associates can receive specialized care with no out-of-pocket costs. The Walmart program is the first time that a retailer is offering a comprehensive national program for heart, spine and transplant surgery.

Geisinger's ProvenCare is a best medical practice approach to caring for patients with a variety of health care needs, including cardiac disease. The program is designed to help patients recover faster, spend less time in the hospital and experience fewer complications.