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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Geisinger welcomed a number of new bundles of joy into the world to start the New Year on January 1.

Four boys and a girl were each born as the first babies of 2018 at Geisinger hospitals at locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Jackson Tyler Reese was born at 1:58 a.m. at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. He was the first baby of the New Year at GMC, and the first baby throughout the Geisinger system. Jackson was followed 17 minutes later by Taheem Williams at Geisinger's AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre welcomed Austin Michael at 10:36 a.m. as their first baby, and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital welcomed Elliot Jonas Krebs at 1:45 p.m. as their first baby.

To add to the excitement of a New Year’s baby, at AtlantiCare, neonatology physician Stephan Grayson, MD, was the doctor who delivered Taheem. It turns out Dr. Grayson is also a New Year’s baby. She and her twin brother were also born on a New Year’s Day, as was their mother.

Best wishes to all newborns and their parents in 2018.


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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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