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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Cardiac step-down unit will appear in April “Nurses Week” issue of American Nurse Today

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. –  Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s cardiac stepdown unit has been named one of the best nursing teams in the United States by American Nurse Today.

The peer-reviewed journal has bestowed the team an honorable mention amongst its 2018 All-Pro Nursing Team Awards based on several professional criteria, including communications, responsiveness and adaptability, as well as demonstrating a winning formula that drives success.
The accolades will appear in the April “Nurses Week” issue of American Nurse Today. 

“We are very proud of our nursing team for being recognized among the best in the country. We congratulate and thank our incredible nurses for this achievement,” said Angelo Venditti, RN, chief nursing officer of Geisinger Northeast. “Every day, our nurses aim for excellence, integrity and dedication to patient care. Geisinger will continue encouraging nurse empowerment, autonomy and continued education to support a culture of professionalism.” 

“Every patient touches our lives in some way, and we promise to be at our best when patients need us most,” said Nancy Gattuso, GWV cardiac stepdown unit operations manager.

A board consisting of editorial and ANA leadership, as well as practicing nurse professionals and healthcare marketing specialists, conducted the evaluation and decision-making process. 

Over 40 teams submitted detailed profiles demonstrating core competencies in their departments, as well as providing narratives that illustrate extraordinary performance that sets their teams apart and helped them to achieve measurable outcomes. Entries represented a spectrum of nursing organizations, from regional healthcare systems to acute care facilities. Applications provided deep analysis, as well as practical results for learning opportunities, making the decision-making process both rewarding and challenging for the editorial board.  

In addition to the winner, several other organizations also achieved high consideration in the evaluation process. 

Overall Winner:

  • Patient Placement and Staffing team, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA 
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Lakeland Regional Health, Lakeland, FL
  • Cone Health, Moses Cone Surgery Center, Greensboro, NC
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

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.

Members of Geisinger Wyoming Valley nursing team
The cardiac stepdown unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre celebrates being named one of the best nursing teams in the United States by American Nurse Today. From left are: Kevin Collins, Mary Carr, Diane Janiszewski, Linda Wharton, Mina Patel, Leslie Gluc, Lisa Barge, Donna Farrell, Deb Tomko, Paulette Willis, Jackie Perry, and Nancy Gattuso.
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