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MOOSIC, Pa. –  Geisinger has been named the official health system of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, as part of a multiyear sponsorship.
 
"Geisinger, the RailRiders and the Yankees share a commitment to excellence," said Dr. Anthony D. Aquilina, regional president of Geisinger Northeast. “Our team at Geisinger is devoted to high-quality, value-based care for the people who live and work in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This partnership provides more opportunities to support our local team and — together — enrich the health of our community by encouraging fitness and exercise.”

“The RailRiders and Yankees are proud to work with Geisinger,” said Josh Olerud, RailRiders president and chief operating officer. “Their reputation as a leader in our community is unmatched, and this partnership allows the RailRiders to better utilize their services while also helping promote the positive effect Geisinger has here in Northeast Pennsylvania.”

The partnership goes into effect this season.

As the official Health Care Provider, Geisinger’s sponsorship includes:

  • Providing injury prevention training sessions at the stadium for local high school athletic directors, coaches, players and youth leagues
  • Six Geisinger health fairs at the field 
  • The creation of a healthy food options on the suite menu
  • “Health Awareness” theme nights
  • Serving as the official medical staff of RailRiders University
  • A presenting partner of the Challenger Little League 
  • Naming rights to the Plaza and Kids Zone

The agreement compliments a broader commitment to building community partnerships. 

“At the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute, our goal is to get our patients moving – fit and active – so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Michael Suk, M.D., chief physician officer and chair of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute. “Maintaining an active lifestyle is also a goal of the RailRiders team, whose commitment to the community is as important as what they do on the field.” 

“We look forward to more additional opportunities to work with the RailRiders and Yankees to best benefit our community,” Dr. Aquilina said.

The RailRiders opening day is April 6.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Former Yankee Andy Ashby and Dr. Anthony Aquilina unveil the Geisinger RailRiders partnership
Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Andy Ashby, left, helps Dr. Anthony Aquilina, regional president of Geisinger Northeast, right, announce Geisinger becoming the official healthcare provider of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Dr. Michael Suk talks at a news conference
Chief Physician Officer and Chair of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute Dr. Michael Suk answers questions during the news conference announcing Geisinger becoming the official healthcare provider of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.  

For media inquiries:

Geisinger: Alysha Davis
570-808-3652
adavis2@geisinger.edu

RailRiders: Adam Marco
570-969-2255
amarco@swbrailraiders.com