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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

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
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.

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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