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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

LEWISTOWN, Pa. Geisinger Lewistown Hospital has been named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in United States for 2020 by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. Hospitals recognized as Top 100 facilities had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all rural and community hospitals throughout the nation.

“Healthcare in rural America is a much-discussed topic, and at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, our main priority is to serve the communities around us,” said Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region. “We are happy to receive this recognition as testimony to the hard work the team is putting in to better the quality of healthcare our community receives. It is a source of motivation and inspiration to us.”

Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the index assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. It’s used by organizations such as the National Rural Health Association for their advocacy and legislative outreach efforts.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year’s recipients but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of The Hospital Strength Index,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

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.

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