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Geisinger Health System (GHS) is a vertically integrated system that provides health services to more than 2.6 million people in 44 counties in Pennsylvania. GHS employs 20,000 people, including 1,000 physicians and more than 471 advanced practitioners with more than 75 specialties, more than 3,000 registered and licensed practical nurses, and more than 43 non-physician scientists, making it one of the largest employers in Pennsylvania. The system is comprised of six hospital campuses, a dedicated children's hospital, and 41 outpatient and specialty clinics throughout our eastern and central Pennsylvania. In addition, Geisinger provides access to numerous non-Geisinger physicians to view (but not alter) the electronic medical record of their patients who are referred to Geisinger and who have given permission to share their health data.

CCCR administrative services staff provides contractual, budgetary, and educational services for clinical trials at Geisinger's Heart and Vascular Institute. Administrative services staff also serves as the primary point of contact for industry collaborators. Essential functions include:

  • Identifying potential sub-investigators for study opportunities
  • Performing feasibility assessments to ensure that a trial conducted at Geisinger will be successful
  • Facilitating and monitoring research contract negotiations
  • Developing and negotiating study budget

CCCR coordinator staff is available to manage all stages of a research project's life cycle, including helping to create workflow strategies, recruiting and retaining subjects, ensuring regulatory compliance, and collecting and archiving data. The CCCR coordinators have considerable research experience, and expertise, and are situated throughout several of Geisinger's northeastern and central Pennsylvania hospitals and outpatient clinics. Essential functions include:

  • Helping to determine study feasibility to ensure high response rates and manage enrollment
  • Creating a study plan to address all aspects of study implementation with each stage of the trial carefully evaluated, and if necessary, adjusted for optimal results
  • Recruiting potential study subjects using available resources such as Geisinger's Electronic Health Record or the services of Geisinger's Survey Research Unit
  • Serving as the primary liaison between trial subjects and investigators
  • Assuming responsibility for regulatory submissions, ensuring that trials comply with all regulatory and institutional guidelines. Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to rigorous and uncompromising standards of safety and protection of research subjects
  • Ensuring all data is gathered and recorded. At completion, research staff performs all required study closeout activities, including post-study documentation and data archiving