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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

LEWISTOWN, Pa. –  Geisinger Lewistown Hospital was announced the winner of the QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare by Premier Inc., a leading health care improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care. The award was presented at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Geisinger Lewistown Hospital is one of only six hospitals nationwide to receive this QUEST Award. 

This year, the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare added a new peer group improvement award, designed to recognize QUEST2020 top performing hospitals' success within relevant peer groups. The award recognizes hospitals that reached the top performance across six peer group categories that address hospital size and academic status. The six peer group categories were academic hospitals, critical access hospitals, teaching hospitals = 375 beds, teaching hospitals < 375 beds, non-teaching hospitals =175 beds and non-teaching hospitals < 175 beds. Geisinger Lewistown was chosen as the winner of the Council of Teaching Hospitals <375 beds. 

To earn this award, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital met or exceeded thresholds in four priority areas including prevention and treatment for leading causes of mortality: effective care and coordination, affordability and patient safety. All improvements and deterioration across the four priorities by members within each peer group were summed up for a total performance score. The top performer in each peer group was named the winner. 

"Geisinger Lewistown Hospital’s achievement in QUEST is a testimonial of our commitment to caring for patients in the communities we serve,” said Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region. “We’re proud to be one of only six hospitals nationwide to receive the QUEST Award, as we continue down our path of improving patient care and community health.”

QUEST was launched in 2008 to help health systems reliably deliver the most efficient, effective and caring experience for every patient, every single time. Approximately 350 hospitals volunteered to transparently share data and define a common framework with consistent measures that would continually set a top performance goal for both participants and the nation. QUEST participants prevented more than 198,000 deaths and reduced health care spending by more than $17 billion.

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.

Geisinger Lewistown leaders accept award.
From left: Kirk Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer, Geisinger Western Region;  Donna Putnam, Regional Director of Quality & Safety; Kathleen Depra, GLH Quality -PAT Safety; Stacey Osborne, GLH Chief Nursing Officer; Kasey Adams, GLH Quality -PAT Safety; and Bill Burmeister, Western Region Ops Director, Surgery. 
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