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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

SCRANTON – Qualified medical students who come from Avoca, Dupont, Duryea, Moosic, Old Forge or Taylor are being encouraged to stay on the region and serve their neighbors thanks to scholarship support by the Taylor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Health and Wellness Fund of The Luzerne Foundation (TNR). 

The scholarship, based on need, merit and involvement in community activities, is prioritized to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students who intend to practice in northeastern Pennsylvania. It is awarded by the board of directors of the Taylor Long Term Care Center to benefit natives of the geographic area that the nursing facility serves.

Each year, members of the TNR Board of Directors meet the scholars to hear about their medical school journeys and future career plans. 

Meeting this year were Jude Polit-Moran, TNR scholar, Class of 2023; Jane Kanyock, director of major gifts, GCSOM; Bill Joyce, TNR board member; Atty. C. David Pedri, president/CEO of The Luzerne Foundation; James Basting, TNR scholar, Class of 2024; Julie Byerley, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine; Diane Dutko, COO of The Luzerne Foundation; John Higgins, TNR board member; and Stan Waleski, TNR board member.

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

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