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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – The Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center and Hydra Health will offer cancer survivors and their families special events throughout June, Cancer Survivors Month.

A Survivors Spa Happy Hour will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Hydra Health in the lobby of the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. The happy hour is open to all cancer survivors, patients and their family, friends and caregivers and will feature express facials, clean beauty makeup consultations, a spa basket raffle and mocktails. 

Rebecca Vanderveken, breast cancer nurse coordinator, will also host a 4-week education series, Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The series, which covers topics for women diagnosed before age 50, will provide answers and resources on common concerns.

The first session, Hot and bothered: coping with early menopause, featuring yoga with Candy’s Place, will be held June 21 from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Kistler Room at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. 

Other sessions include:
Managing long-term side effects, staying healthy, featuring oncology nutritionist Meredith Yozwiak • June 28, 5 – 6 p.m., Kistler Room

Intimacy after cancer treatment, a self-care spa event with Hydra Health • July 13, 5 – 6 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room

Transitioning to a new normal with oncology psychologist Ashley Perez, PsyD • July 19, 5 – 6 p.m., Kistler Room 

The Henry Cancer Center is one of 19 cancer centers in the country to host this series.

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About Hydra Health
Hydra Health brings premium retail and dedicated wellness spaces to hospitals and healthcare centers. Hydra Health opened a new location in the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in July 2022. The store is specifically meant to serve patients, visitors and staff of GWV with a retail section featuring convenience items, curated gifts and specialty wellness products. Guests are welcome to sit in our lounge area to charge their phone or answer email. The store also has a beauty bar stocked with clean beauty products, make-up and wig options. Complimentary respite rooms in the back of the studio can be reserved for nap, meditation or simply a quiet place to unwind and recharge. Our mission is to support the special needs of our hospital communities.

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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