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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
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, one of the largest healthcare system-based precision health projects in the world. With more than 245,000 volunteer participants enrolled and over 145,000 sequenced, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning potentially life-saving results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Seal of the First Community Foundation Partnership grant winner

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