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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Geisinger Jersey Shore and Geisinger Lewistown hospitals receive trauma accreditations

LEWISTOWN/JERSEY SHORE, Pa.Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital have both been granted Level IV Trauma Center accreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, adding important resources for those communities when the trauma designations go into effect on Nov. 1.

As Level IV trauma centers, Geisinger Lewistown and Geisinger Jersey Shore will be able to provide enhanced care to injured patients within the hospitals’ emergency departments and stabilize and transfer patients to higher-level trauma centers, if needed. In order to receive the designation, both hospitals went through a thorough review process that included an onsite review of each hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for patients with traumatic injuries. 

“Trauma programs, like those at Geisinger, are an important resource for all of our neighbors and communities as they provide the highest level of emergent care in times of need,” said Dr. Denise Torres, Geisinger’s trauma medical director. “Our teams are always available to provide life-saving care for those who needs it. These newest accredited trauma centers at Jersey Shore and Lewistown are part of our continued investment in bringing these vital services closer to home for our neighbors.”

Trauma centers are specialized hospitals, staffed and equipped to provide immediate, complex critical care for patients with severe or life-threatening injuries. Geisinger’s trauma programs reach across emergency department staff, Geisinger and local emergency medical services providers, Geisinger Life Flight and first responders across our communities to provide 24/7 care. 

“Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital’s Trauma Center experts provide specialized resources and services to patients suffering from traumatic injuries while arranging transfer to a higher level of care by ambulance or helicopter when necessary. This designation ensures the community of our commitment to making better health easier,” said Tammy Anderer, MSN, CRNP, PhD, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s North-Central Region.

“The Trauma Center at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital provides our patients and the local community with the highest and most specialized level of care. This designation reaffirms that our physicians, nurses and staff provide quality care, and the best possible outcomes for those we serve,” said Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s Western Region.

Geisinger Lewistown and Jersey Shore hospitals join other Geisinger trauma centers throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is a Level I trauma center; Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville are Level II trauma centers.

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.

Trauma training at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is now a Level IV trauma center, following its accreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation. Pictured, Christopher Cardillo, D.O., a GJSH emergency medicine physician, and Amy Swarthout, RN, BSN, GJSH stroke and trauma coordinator, simulate care for a trauma patient in GJSH’s emergency room. 

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