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LEWISTOWN, Pa. –  Five Geisinger Lewistown Hospital employees have enrolled as students in Geisinger’s School at Work (SAW) program, a training and development course for healthcare workers aimed at improving their current position and developing a personalized career plan. 

The six-month program helps employees strengthen communications, grammar, reading and writing skills. It also introduces employees to medical terminology and aims to help entry-level employees seek technical school or job advancement, and build their confidence to further their healthcare career. 

“Programs like this not only builds an employee’s self-esteem, it also motivates them to seek higher education, and in turn achieve higher paying healthcare positions. We congratulate and commend all of our participants and are thrilled to support their careers with continuing education," said Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region. 

Program coaches from Human Resources, Taylor Webster, Alexia Dressler, and Michael Fry work with the students one-on-one. “Our employees are our most valuable resource and seeing their confidence increase from class to class is so rewarding. This program is a great addition to Geisinger,” said coach Taylor Webster, human resources coordinator, Geisinger Western Region. 

“This program helps our motivated frontline workers realize their full potential and emphasizes Geisinger’s commitment to advancing workers into clinical, clerical and support roles. It’s very gratifying to witness their dedication, confidence, and overall growth,” said Jada Fasold, human resources education & SAW Program coordinator, Geisinger Western Region.

Western Region’s inaugural SAW students are April Varner, patient access representative, Pulmonary Medicine; Cassie Aultz, distribution aide, Supply Chain Logistics; Heather Graham, unit desk clerk, Surgery; Pamela Klinger, same day surgery tech, Outpatient Surgery; and Traci Futon, administrative assistant, Marketing and Communications. 

Since inception, Geisinger’s SAW program has graduated 29 students. Many of those employees have either been promoted or have enrolled back to school. This fall, the program has 32 students enrolled and is being offered simultaneously in the Northeast, Central and Western regions. 

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Graduates of Geisinger Lewistown Hospital's SAW Program

Front row, seated from left: Pamela Klinger, Cassie Aultz and April Varner. Back row, from left: Taylor Webster (coach), Jada Fasold (coach), Traci Futon, Heather Graham, Alexia Dressler (coach)

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