Philanthropy for the health of our neighbors
Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets, Inc. Vice Chairman and his father, Robert Weis, Weis Markets, Inc. Chairman, are driven to support worthwhile programs for the health of the region.
When the leadership of Weis Markets, a Sunbury, PA-based corporation, learned about the initiatives of the Women’s Heart and Vascular Health Program at Geisinger Medical Center, they were eager to get involved. By supporting this program, they are helping to bring women some of the most advanced heart care in the region. In some cases, the program reaches women with heart disease who might not otherwise receive care.
“We know that heart disease in women is an emerging health issue, and that Geisinger focuses on programs that our communities need,” says Jonathan Weis. “That focus has been our tradition as well. We wanted to support it.”
As the only program of this kind in the region, the Women’s Heart and Vascular Health Program brings innovative education, medical services, and world-class research to rural Pennsylvania. With the support of Weis Markets, the program now reaches out to thousands of women – many of whom are uninsured – providing education, screenings, and follow-up care.
“These initiatives are supported solely through philanthropy, so every dollar directly impacts women in our community,” says Kimberly Skelding, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Genomics and Cardiovascular Research. By attracting high-profile clinical trials and medical specialists, the program also provides both patients and their providers with the latest cardiovascular information specific to women.
“Heart disease kills more women each year than all types of cancer combined,” says Dr. Skelding. “As we identify women at risk and provide education about heart disease, this will improve their lives and their families' lives. It can lead to improvements in the health of the entire community.”
Weis Markets appreciates the opportunity to be a part of such important work. “We want our customers and neighbors to be able to continue to rely on Geisinger for the most advanced healthcare,” Jonathan Weis says. “This program helps our communities, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Step forward on behalf of women with heart disease