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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

SCRANTON -- Students from NativityMiguel School of Scranton visited Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine on May 16 for some hands-on science activities, modern career exploration and old-fashioned fun. The day of learning was provided by REACH-HEI, Geisinger College of Health Sciences’ academic enrichment pathways program for low-income and disadvantaged students.

The students worked with Geisinger medical students on simple dissection, measured blood pressure and identified heart sounds using stethoscopes. Perhaps the most popular session included outdoor activities that got the students’ hearts pumping so they could learn to take their pulse. The day concluded with “speed career dating” to acquaint the children with careers in science and medicine.

“It was a joy to have the NativityMiguel students at our medical school,” said Maureen Murtha, Geisinger College’s Director of Pathway Programs. “Our purpose is to open up the possibilities of careers in healthcare for the children in our own communities and build pathways to a successful future for them right here in northeastern Pennsylvania.”

“It was a wonderful program and a great day for our students,” said Timothy Casey, Principal, NativityMiguel School. “We look forward to future partnerships with Geisinger College of Health Sciences.”

NativityMiguel School of Scranton is a private, Catholic, tuition-free, all-scholarship middle school serving ethnically and religiously diverse students of greater economic need.   

About Geisinger College of Health Sciences
Geisinger College of Health Sciences is the research and education arm of the Geisinger family. Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Geisinger is the inaugural member of Risant Health, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding and accelerating the adoption of value-based care. 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, and the College. The College houses a Research Institute, graduate medical education, and schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education, in addition to faculty and professional development programs. The College is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit
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