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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.”

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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