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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

DANVILLE, Pa. – For the eighth year, Geisinger has been recognized by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of more than 440 large U.S. employers, for providing one of the best workforce health and employee well-being organizational initiatives in the nation. 

Geisinger is among 50 U.S. employers that received the 2019 Best Employers: Excellence in Health & Well-Being award presented at the National Business Group on Health’s Workforce Strategy 2019 Conference. Geisinger received a gold award for its strong commitment to holistic well-being and metrics.

“Geisinger employees are more than employees, they are our friends and colleagues, parents and children, siblings, and neighbors. Promoting and facilitating our path to well-being supports our organization and enriches our communities with health,” said Allison Hess, Vice President of Health, Geisinger Steele Institute for Health Innovation.

Geisinger’s wellness program is designed help employees maintain and enhance their well-being through comprehensive benefits, health education, and resources including on-site fitness centers, yoga classes, weight management and support groups, and healthy cooking demos.

Geisinger’s myHealth Rewards program helps employees and their spouses/domestic partners maintain and enhance their personal health and well-being — while also saving money. Program results include:

  • 37,000+ total pounds lost by participants in 2018. That’s the same weight as a large city bus.
  • 62% lower incidence of prediabetes than the national population for 2018 participants.
  • 93% improvement in at least one health metric for participants who enrolled every year from 2015 through 2018.
  • $766 savings for individuals, $2,113 for families. Participants who met their 2018 myHealth Rewards goals are saving on their health insurance premiums.

“Our annual awards recognize organizations that promote the overall well-being of their employees and families,” said Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. “Geisinger is among an elite group of employers who recognize the positive impact a culture inclusive of well-being can have on their employees’ productivity and engagement. We congratulate them.” 

About the National Business Group on Health®
The National Business Group on Health is the only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on health policy issues and optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions. The Business Group keeps its membership on the leading edge of innovation, thinking and action to address health care cost and the delivery, financing, affordability and consumer experience with the health care system. Business Group members, many of whom have operations globally, include 73 Fortune 100 companies, and provide health coverage for more than 60 million workers, retirees and their families in over 200 countries. For more information, visit 

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.

Jason Gibson receives award.
Jason Gibson, right, senior specialist, Geisinger Health & Wellness, receiving the award.
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