Twenty-nine students have so far earned their master’s degree in healthcare from the unique two-year program that began in 2015 and offers discounted tuition and reimbursement. The program is offered on-site at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital (GLH).
“Investing in our employees through education helps fulfill Geisinger's purpose of Caring,” said Dr. David T. Feinberg, president and CEO of Geisinger, who has personally presented each graduate with their diploma. “This partnership shows the importance of employee development, and we congratulate our colleagues for their hard work and dedication.”
Most recently, 15 professionals from GWV including physicians and operations and support services managers received their MBAs in healthcare during a commencement ceremony in Wilkes-Barre. The University of Scranton presented a certificate to four graduates to recognize their top 100 ranking in the worldwide Business Strategy Game, and three students were inducted to the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. The class was also offered study-abroad experiences in Brazil or Eastern/Central Europe. Last year, 14 professionals graduated in the inaugural MBA class based at GMC.
Throughout their two-year MBA journey, each graduate carried the common thread of valuing the unwavering support shared between peers.
“As a physician immersed in caring as part of a broader care team, the MBA afforded me a much greater understanding of strategy, planning and clinical operations,” said Dr. Sanjay Doddamani, chief medical officer, Geisinger at Home. “It also gave me a better understanding of the opportunities we have in front of us.”
“This program afforded me the opportunity to invest in myself both personally and professionally. It equipped me with tools to face challenges head-on, to lead others, and to positively contribute to the future of Geisinger,” said Hannah Bobrowski, advisor and compliance liaison, System Clinical Operations.
“We all collaborated, debated, taught each other and became a family,” said Eric Nowak Sr., director of Environmental Services. “This program allowed me to broaden my knowledge base by strategically combining healthcare and business curriculums.”
Geisinger offers all employees education-based opportunities and tuition reimbursement — up to $3,000 for undergraduate level classes and $5,000 for graduate degree classes annually.
“We encourage our employees to continue to grow their careers through the pursuit of additional education,” said Rick Flynn, director of Organizational Development in Human Resources at Geisinger. “Our employees are our most valuable resource.”
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, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable 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 www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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