Veteran Employment and Training Specialist to recruit, transition and retain veterans
DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger is building upon its commitment to military veterans by putting an increased focus on creating employment opportunities for those transitioning to a civilian career. The newly-created Veteran Employment and Training Specialist (VETS) position will recruit, transition and retain veterans to the organization.
“Hiring a diverse workforce has always been a priority for Geisinger and that includes hiring veterans,” said Amy Brayford, executive vice president, chief human resource officer, chief of staff for Geisinger. “This new role will focus on attracting active duty military, veterans seeking new or different employment and military personnel serving in the Reserve or National Guard.”
Christopher Grill, a military veteran, will take on the VETS role for Geisinger. Grill is a West Point graduate and served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. He was deployed to Iraq in 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn and multiple times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He joined Geisinger in 2017 as a lean change agent.
“This move sends a clear message that Geisinger is committed to bringing in more military veterans and supporting the veteran community,” said Grill. “It speaks volumes to the organization and it motivates me in my new role. This will help care for our patients better and allow our organization to grow.”
In this role, Grill will develop veteran-specific outreach programs to recruit veterans and assist those who have significant barriers to employment.
During his time at Geisinger, Grill has been a voice for military veterans. In October 2017, he helped launch VetNet, an employee resource group dedicated to veteran issues. He looks forward to continuing this work in his new role and making Geisinger an employer of choice among veterans.
“We are thrilled that Chris will lead our recruitment efforts and will enhance our focus on making military veterans hiring a priority at Geisinger,” Brayford added. “We respect the sacrifice, commitment, discipline and work ethic inherent in military service and look forward to welcoming more individuals with military experience into our Geisinger family.”
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 www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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