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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Commencement held Sunday, May 5

On May 5, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) conferred 98 doctor of medicine (MD) and 96 master of biomedical sciences (MBS) degrees upon graduates who compose our Class of 2019. The commencement ceremony was held at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Members of Geisinger Commonwealth’s male and female A Capella groups sang the National Anthem and Sister Ruth Neely, RSM, MSN, CRNP, of The Wright Center for Community Health Ryan White Clinic, delivered the Invocation.
Greetings were offered by Mr. Robert J. Dietz, PE, Geisinger Commonwealth board chair, and by Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, Geisinger interim president/CEO. Holly J. Humphrey, MD, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Humphrey is President at Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and former dean for medical education and Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Sarah Bashaw Hayek, MD '15, surgical resident at Geisinger, offered greetings from Geisinger Commonwealth’s growing Alumni Society. Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum, Congregation B’nai Harim, delivered the Benediction.

Congratulations to our MD and MBS classes of 2019!


About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

GCSOM Commencement 2019
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