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LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing today announced the purchase of property at 111 E. Market St. in downtown Lewistown for $800,000, according to Kirk Thomas, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s Western Region. The facility will be renovated and house the School of Nursing, with a planned opening in August 2023.

“Our School of Nursing is a point of great pride for our community,” Thomas said. “We are pleased that, by providing students and faculty with accommodations dedicated solely to the school, we’re underscoring our commitment to education and to building a health professions workforce pipeline in our region.”

“Nursing serves as the key foundation for health care systems and is fundamental to providing access to high quality care,” said Janet Tomcavage, executive vice president and chief nursing executive for Geisinger. “The nursing shortage is well known, and with today’s announcement, we highlight our continued commitment to offering a pathway to the profession through a program that is regularly recognized for its high quality.”

According to its interim director, Beth Finkbiner, MSN, RN, the school admits up to 35 students per year to the two-year, full-time program. The RN program is highly ranked, thanks to the high pass rate its graduates enjoy on the National Council of Licensing Examination. “We’re proud of our program and our students,” she said. “Now, we’re excited to create a true campus feel for our learners and improve services in a space that provides optimal educational experiences, as well as faculty and administrative offices.”

Thomas said that, in addition to its School of Nursing, Geisinger is investing in the future of health care in its Western Region with a dedicated campus within Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and the Geisinger State College Healthplex for medical students enrolled at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, which will officially launch in June. 

The Western Region is also home to three graduate medical education residency programs:
Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Family Medicine
Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Pharmacy
Geisinger Clinics (West) Pharmacy, State College

The School of Nursing is accepting applications for its fall 2022 semester. Visit or call 717-242-7930 to learn more and apply.

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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