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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Pink Zone recently presented a $5,000 check to Geisinger Lewistown Hospital as part of its effort to improve breast cancer awareness and treatments in the community. 

Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Western Region, accepted the donation from Pink Zone President Mitch Kirsch at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital on Monday, Oct. 26. 

“We appreciate the contribution and stand together with Pink Zone to fight against cancer,” Thomas said. “This generous contribution allows us to continuously improve the level of care and comfort for our patients.”

Pennsylvania Pink Zone supports and fundraises year-round in the fight against breast cancer. Through the generous contributions of individuals and sponsors, Pink Zone has distributed more than $2 million to support breast cancer education, research and treatment.

Geisinger has been an exclusive sponsor of this cause, which brings heightened awareness to the fight to find a cure. Pink Zone also celebrates the journey that breast cancer survivors have taken.

In 2017, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital used Pink Zone funds to purchase a blanket warmer for its CT/Simulation room to keep patients more comfortable and an air compressor pump to aid in the creation and adjustment of immobilization equipment used for treatment. The funds were also used for breast cancer education and awareness programs as well as upgrading the Breast Care Center at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital.

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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