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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Recognizes achievement for sustained excellence in patient experience

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. – Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital is honored to announce its recognition as a 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above for performance in patient experience.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period.

Now open for a year, Geisinger St. Luke’s mission remains to advance care and improve the health of the surrounding communities. That mission continues to drive staff to provide the best patient experience possible. 

“Each day our staff demonstrates a culture of care that puts the patients and their needs above all else,” said Gabe Kamarousky, president of Geisinger St. Luke’s. “We can’t be recognized for this award without our amazing staff and the support of our neighbors in Schuylkill and Berks counties who have been choosing Geisinger St. Luke’s for their care. We thank them for their continued trust in the care we provide them, and we are humbled and honored that our team was awarded this prestigious recognition in less than one year of operation.”
The criteria for the award are based on survey results including the likelihood to recommend, overall rating, and teamwork. These survey results are compiled from the various services offered at Geisinger St. Luke’s, including emergency care and inpatient care. 

“The caregivers and staff of Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital touch the lives of patients and their families in profound ways,” said Patrick T. Ryan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Press Ganey. “This award reflects their deep commitment to listening to the voices of their patients and our shared mission to reduce suffering and improve the safety, quality, and experience of patient-centered care. I continue to be humbled and inspired by their heroic efforts to care for patients in the face of the uncertainty, stress, and fear brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Press Ganey is proud to partner with them in this noble work and we congratulate them on this tremendous achievement.”

Geisinger and St. Luke’s continue to bring care closer to home. In July, the Geisinger St. Luke’s Medical Office Building opened on the hospital campus. The outpatient services available there complement those in the hospital, including cardiology, gynecology, orthopedics, pulmonary, women’s imaging, spine & pain and sports medicine.

About Press Ganey 
Press Ganey pioneered the health care performance improvement movement 35 years ago. Today Press Ganey offers an integrated suite of solutions that enable enterprise transformation across the patient journey. Delivered through a cutting-edge digital platform built on a foundation of data security, Press Ganey solutions address safety, clinical excellence, patient experience, and workforce engagement. The company works with more than 41,000 health care facilities in its mission to reduce patient suffering and enhance caregiver resilience to improve the overall safety, quality, and experience of care.

About St. Luke’s 
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue of $1.9 billion, the Network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe and Schuylkill counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only health care system in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) repeatedly – six times total and four years in a row including 2018. It has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.

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.

Leadership at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital holding the Press Ganey Award
Left to Right: Gabe Kamarousky, Geisinger St. Luke’s president; Jessica Zimerofsky, director of quality management; Dr. Gary Bonfante, director of emergency medicine; Tammy Wytovich, patient care manager; Kristie Leshko, patient care manager; Justine Hernandez, patient care manager; Dr. Sobia Naeem, hospitalist; Erin Martinez, vice president of patient care services.
The Guardian of Excellence Awards at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital
Press Ganey Award: The Press Ganey 2020 Guardian of Excellence Award® presented to Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital. The hospital was honored with the away within the first year of operation. 

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