Geisinger and PPL Electric Utilities plan earth-friendly project to improve community health
DANVILLE, Pa. – With Earth Day approaching, Geisinger and PPL Electric Utilities will be spreading the message of energy efficiency by giving away 7,000 free LED light bulbs to patients, visitors and community members throughout Geisinger’s hospitals.
This is the first year that PPL has partnered with Geisinger to provide the LED bulbs to every Geisinger hospital campus in Pennsylvania. In 2018, the two organizations partnered to hand out 2,000 bulbs at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
“LED bulbs last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and are also much cheaper to operate,” said Jodi Hoffman, a key account manager for PPL. “Switching out your old bulbs with LEDs is just one way you can save energy and money. It’s good for you and good for the planet.”
Locally, bulb distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
- Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre – Wednesday, April 10
- Geisinger Community Medical Center, 316 Colfax Ave., Scranton – Thursday, April 11
- Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre – Friday, April 12
- Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, 400 Island Ave., Lewistown – Tuesday, April 16
- Geisinger Lewistown Clinic, 21 Geisinger Lane, Lewistown – Tuesday, April 16
- Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, 1020 Thompson St., Jersey Shore – Thursday, April 18
- Geisinger Medical Center, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville – Monday, April 22
- Geisinger Woodbine, 115 Woodbine Lane, Danville – Monday, April 22
- Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital, 4200 Hospital Road, Shamokin – Tuesday, April 23
- Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, 549 Fair St., Bloomsburg – Wednesday, April 24
Geisinger continues to make upgrades to its facilities throughout Pennsylvania to minimize environmental impacts. In the past, solar panels have been installed on the roof of both Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Geisinger Catawissa Clinic. The health system also houses a co-generation plant, which has decreased pollutants and achieved more than $2 million in annual savings.
Geisinger has received numerous awards for its environmental-friendly projects, including “Energy to Care Award” and “Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters.”
“As a healthcare provider, we’re not only invested in healthy patients but a healthy community and environment,” said Mike Gerrity, energy manager for Geisinger. “Geisinger continues to look at unique opportunities to work with our communities to minimize the negative impact we all have on the health of our environment.”
In addition to these efforts, Geisinger Sustainability Program will sponsor Community Shred Days in the region. Members of the community are invited to bring confidential personal and financial documents, such as bank statements, credit card bills and tax forms, to be securely shredded on-site and recycled.
Shred Day in Bloomsburg is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.
Shred Day is Danville is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Geisinger Health Plan Hughes Center, 108 Woodbine Lane, Danville.
Shred Day in Scranton is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Geisinger Mount Pleasant, 531 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Scranton.
Shred Day in Wilkes-Barre is scheduled for Monday, April 22 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Tuesday, April 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Geisinger Orthopaedic Institute, 1175 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre.
Shred Day in Lewistown is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital.
From drop-off to destruction, all documents will be continuously monitored and protected. Limit three boxes of documents per person. For more information about this free event, contact the Geisinger Sustainability Program at 570-271-6030.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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