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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Patients receiving cancer care at two Geisinger hospitals recently were given gifts designed to make their day a little warmer, brighter and more comfortable.

In partnership with Geisinger and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, two regional Subaru dealerships delivered blankets, art supplies and greeting cards to patients at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. 

Representatives from Minooka Subaru brought the gifts to the Henry Cancer Center at GCMC, and representatives from Subaru of Wyoming Valley distributed the donations at the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as part of the Subaru Loves to Care campaign, which aims to spread hope, love and warmth to people fighting cancer through small displays of compassion.

Subaru employees were met by Geisinger clinical staff and leadership and a representative from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at each site. 

Megan Galko, campaign assistant for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year program, said the society’s mission is to fund research, cure blood cancer and provide resources for people in treatment.
“We’re proud to partner with Geisinger and Subaru to provide blankets and messages of hope to people while they’re in treatment, and we are rooting for them and wishing them well,” Galko said. 

Ron Beer, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s northeast region, said it’s a moving experience to witness this yearly donation and the effect it can have on patients. 

“It always resonates with me that such a simple gesture can be so impactful and meaningful,” Beer said. “This is an important program, and we’re thankful to have it touch patients at Geisinger through the work of those at Subaru and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

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 geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Gloria Balz receives a blanket from Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Pictured, from left, are Geisinger Northeast Chief Administrative Officer Ron Beer; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Assistant Megan Galko; David Centak of Subaru of Wyoming Valley; Patrick Kasson of Subaru of Wyoming Valley; Matt Zaborney of Subaru of Wyoming Valley; Gloria Balz, of Wilkes-Barre; and GWV Chief Medical Officer Karlyn Paglia. 
Joe Mushow receives a blanket from Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Standing, from left, Jim Corbett of Minooka Subaru, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Assistant Megan Galko, and Elizabeth Corbett of Minooka Subaru deliver a blanket to Joe Mushow, seated, of Archbald, at the Henry Cancer Center at GCMC in Scranton. 
Members of Geisinger Community Medical Center prepare to deliver blankets from Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Pictured, from left, are Geisinger Northeast Senior Director of Advancement Cheryl Connolly; Jim Corbett of Minooka Subaru; GCMC Henry Cancer Center Clinic Nurse Supervisor Amy Sylvester; Joe Corbett of Minooka Subaru; Elizabeth Corbett of Minooka Subaru; Geisinger Northeast Chief Administrative Officer Ron Beer; Numan Fateh, D.O.; GCMC Chief Medical Officer Srikanth Hosur, M.D.; Namita Sharma, M.D.; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Assistant Megan Galko; and student Gabriel Ramos. 
Members of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center prepare to deliver blankets from Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Pictured, from left, are GWV Hematology Oncology Senior Administrative Assistant Amy Morgan; David Centak of Subaru of Wyoming Valley; GWV Henry Cancer Center Operations Manager Christine Krumich; Patrick Kasson of Subaru of Wyoming Valley; GWV Henry Cancer Center Team Leader Michael Hoffman, L.P.N.; Matt Zaborney of Subaru of Wyoming Valley; Alex Davis, R.N.; Mary Lou Hoffman, R.N.; David Daley, R.N.; GWV Henry Cancer Center Clinic Lead Christine Schoener, R.N.; and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Assistant Megan Galko.

For media inquires:

R. Matthew Mattei
Senior Communications Specialist

570-808-3971
rmmattei1@geisinger.edu
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