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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

Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. 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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