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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center employees received a visit from their own personal cheer team Wednesday, when employees from home health care companies were on hand to offer snacks, drinks and words of encouragement.

Visiting Angels, a homecare agency providing in-home care to seniors and disabled adults, teamed up with Homebound Home Health and Commonwealth Home Health to stand outside the employee entrance of the hospital between shifts and give tokens of gratitude to Geisinger employees.

The group offered drinks, prepackaged snacks and coupons for McDonald’s sandwiches while holding signs with words encouragement and wearing special sporting shirts with the words “Geisinger’s Cheer Team” printed on them.

“Our goal is to make a difference in our clients’ lives and the community we serve,” said Susan Kahlau, director of Visiting Angels. “We handed out motivational cards and displayed motivational signs to encourage Geisinger employees and uplift their spirits.”

“Geisinger’s Cheer Team” handed out snacks and words of encouragement near the employee entrance of the hospital from 5 to 8 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to cover all shifts.

“The employees were really thrilled and overwhelmed by the community support,” said Noreen Diaco, Associate Executive Assistant at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. “One employee told me she cried when she walked through seeing the community support.” 

To offer support or make a donation in the fight against COVID-19, please visit Geisinger.org/fightcovid or call 800-739-6882.
 

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.

 
Visitors masking before entering hospital

Media inquires:

Mike McMullen
Communication Specialist

814-502-8998
mmmcmullen@geisinger.edu

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