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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) received a $10,000 gift from People’s Security Bank through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

The gift from People’s Security will be used to support Geisinger Commonwealth’s successful REACH-HEI (Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health-Higher Education Initiative) program, an out-of-school program that successfully provides academic enrichment opportunities to low-income and first-generation-to-college students in northeastern Pennsylvania. The program is designed to motivate students to pursue health-related professions. REACH-HEI has a proven track record of success, with hundreds of its program participants currently in colleges and universities. Several REACH-HEI alumni are even in medical school, including GCSOM.

“I am grateful to People’s Security Bank for supporting the students of REACH-HEI,” said Ida L. Castro, J.D., vice president of community engagement and chief diversity officer at Geisinger Commonwealth. “REACH-HEI not only helps deserving young people to achieve their full potential, it also expands the pool of qualified healthcare professionals in our region.”

“We are delighted to be able to assist programs like REACH-HEI. We are committed to helping local students succeed and keep their talents here in our own region,” said Craig Best, president and CEO of People’s Security. “We know our gift is well placed at Geisinger Commonwealth.”


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

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.

People’s Security Bank supports Geisinger Commonwealth's REACH-HEI program in 2018
Seen from left are Craig Best, president and CEO of People’s Security; Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean, GCSOM; Ida L. Castro, JD, GCSOM vice president for community engagement and chief diversity officer; and Robert W. Naismith, PhD, People’s Security board member and GCSOM community advisory board member.

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Elizabeth Zygmunt
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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Office: 570-504-9687
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