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Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center recognized for use of technology

DANVILLE/WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center made Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Smart Hospitals for 2023 for their commitment to innovation and advancement in healthcare. 

Only 300 hospitals worldwide were recognized, and Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger Medical Center ranked 140th and 159th, respectively. They are among only seven hospitals recognized in Pennsylvania and just 87 hospitals selected in the United States. Both medical centers are the only hospitals in their service areas to make the list, and they’re the only two Pennsylvania hospitals recognized outside of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. 

Ranked hospitals were evaluated on five criteria: electronic functionalities, telemedicine, digital imaging, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

“This recognition is a reflection of our staff’s dedication to provide great care for our communities,” said Ron Beer, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s northeast region. “Geisinger continues to focus on our patients, and this honor highlights the steps we take to make sure we have the right tools for the job. By growing our telemedicine capabilities and using advanced tools, we’re making better health easier for our communities.”

Geisinger has long embraced technology to improve quality of care, catalyze research, ease communication with providers and improve access to services for its patients and members. 

Investments in the da Vinci Surgical System® and Mako® robotic arm-assisted surgery are concrete examples of how technology directly benefits patients. Robotic-assisted surgeries allow more precision, smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain and discomfort, and the ability to treat areas difficult to reach with the human hand.

Telemedicine has been a critical tool in some areas of care delivery at Geisinger for years, but the COVID pandemic accelerated its use across the system. Since March 2020, Geisinger has enhanced its capability to conduct telemedicine visits and now offers telehealth consultation in more than 70 specialties. The health system also added virtual urgent care capabilities this year.

Advanced imaging tools in diagnostic and surgical procedures, as well as the electronic health record, are further examples of technology Geisinger uses daily in caring for patients.

“Geisinger has a long history of innovation and bringing advanced care options to northeastern and central Pennsylvania,” said Megan Brosious, chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s central region. “Investments in technology are investments in better care for our patients. These continued improvements and advancements provide our staff with the tools they need to provide the latest treatment options, which can lead to shorter recovery times and better outcomes for our patients.”
 

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 nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. 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 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 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 follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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