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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

One of 18 to be selected to national program

DANVILLE, Pa. – Andrea Wary, M.ED., BSN, RN, Geisinger associate vice president of emergency medicine, has been selected as one of 18 women leaders nationwide to the prestigious Carol Emmott Fellowship. She will join women from 15 other health organizations, including Duke University Health System and Kaiser Permanente, for the 14-month program. 

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected to this fellowship program,” Wary said of the honor. “It is incredibly inspiring to be in such a distinct group that is working to continue the legacy of Carol Emmott and her dedication to the growth and development of women leaders in health care.”

The fellowship is tailored to expand the connections and experiences that top leadership candidates require to have the most influence in improving health for all. Fellows are nominated by their sponsoring organization and compete for acceptance into the program with a proposed impact project that transcends their current role to advance an area of health. They continue to work for their organizations during the fellowship, which provides them with more opportunities to build networking relationships with other top leaders as well as exercise high-level skills as they implement their impact projects. 

The program fills a crucial unmet need in overcoming gender disparity by accelerating the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health. Women are underrepresented in senior executive and board-level positions in health because of systemic barriers that influence decision making.

“We will all benefit when men and women from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives lead together,” said Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. “The fellowship’s mission is shared by the men and women who hold executive positions today, see the gaps created by gender disparity, and are committed to serving as our advisors, mentors, and supporters.”

Wary has served in her current role at Geisinger as associate vice president of emergency medicine since 2014, overseeing the system’s Life Flight Critical Care Air and Ground program along with Geisinger’s Division of EMS. Jaewon Ryu, M.D., Geisinger executive vice president and chief medical officer, who encouraged Wary to apply to the program, noted that this was yet another opportunity for Geisinger to invest in its employees for the overall benefit of its patients.

“We are excited to have Andrea take part in this exciting program,” said Dr. Ryu. “By continuing to invest in the development of leaders like her, we will be able to build on our ability to deliver better care, better experience and greater affordability for our patients and members.”

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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