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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, FCFP, recently presented Geisinger Home Health and Hospice with grants totaling more than $46,000 to enhance care in the community. 

The three grants, provided through from the Ralph and Josephine Smith Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, will be used for technology upgrades at the Northumberland office and allowing better access to home health services to patients through charity care. 

Funds also will help to support Geisinger’s “Hugs from a Distance” program, which provides iPads to hospice patients to communicate with family and friends, who may not be able to visit. The program began earlier this year with two iPads, and the grant will allow for the purchase of three more. 

“We thank First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for their continued support of our programs,” said Steven Richard, Geisinger Home Health director. “These funds will help us continue our mission of creating a comfortable environment for our patients while also providing the very best home health and hospice care.”

About FCFP
The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.  FCFP strives to create powerful communities through passionate giving.  For more information visit

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.

Seal of the First Community Foundation Partnership grant winner

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