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DANVILLE, Pa. – On Dec. 14, 1994, Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital opened its doors to central Pennsylvania and admitted its first patients. Now 28 years and hundreds of thousands of patients later, the hospital is still committed to providing exemplary care throughout the community through its outpatient clinics and inpatient units in Danville and at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.
“Every year we celebrate the hospital’s birthday, we are reminded of the truly remarkable journey of this children’s hospital and the gratitude we have for the ongoing support from our communities,” said Frank Maffei, MD, chair of pediatrics. “As we face an unprecedented rise in viral infections, we are grateful for not only the bricks and mortar that make up the hospital, but our people. We are fortunate to have a highly talented pediatric-focused staff who are committed to the care of children.”
To commemorate the birthday of the children’s hospital, Child Life Specialists served desserts to patients, families and staff on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
“The hospital’s birthday is always such a great time of the year, combined with the holidays. We’ve always referred to it as a birthday and not an anniversary because that’s what kids relate to — and it makes it just a little more fun,” said Maggie Heimbuch, Child Life Program manager. “Right now, we aren’t able to have a big party, but we are grateful that we can still hand out desserts. We’ve seen so many smiles and gratitude from staff, families and patients by giving them a little break to their day.”

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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 or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.


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