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Geisinger College of Health Sciences will honor its past by unveiling a new strategic plan focused on accelerating its mission to bring better health and advanced education and opportunities to its community

SCRANTON – At its second Geisinger Commonwealth Day on Oct. 23, Geisinger College of Health Sciences will celebrate its first year as an integrated college with schools of nursing, medicine and graduate education. The day is dedicated to “honoring the past and embracing the future,” and this year attendees will learn just what that future looks like as President Julie Byerley, MD, MPH unveils a new five-year strategic plan, Drive to THRIVE.

“Part of honoring our past is acknowledging how important the community is to our future,” said Dr. Byerley, president of Geisinger College of Health Sciences. “Our medical school was founded by the community and for the community—and Geisinger itself is uniquely focused on the widespread wellbeing we call population health. We’re happy to share a strategic plan that places community at the heart of everything we will do moving forward as a college.”

The community is invited to tour the Medical Sciences Building, including the school’s Simulation Center and historical displays, and learn about current research. Community members will even have a chance to sign up for the college’s Research Institute’s My Code project. My Code is among the world’s largest biobanks. Its purpose is to turn hypotheses into health by emphasizing genetic research that empowers physicians to deliver precision care right in the primary care setting, where prevention matters most.

“We’ll use the word ‘inspire’ a lot,” Dr. Byerley said. “We are acknowledging our intention to inspire the next generation of health professionals, inspire meaningful discovery, inspire each other toward wellness and teamwork and make a difference by helping people see a better future where they can contribute to their own health and well-being.”

Geisinger Commonwealth Day will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 23, from 1 – 5 p.m. at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 525 Pine St., Scranton. Register at

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. 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, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Geisinger School of Nursing and the School of Graduate Education, in addition to Geisinger graduate medical education programs and its Academy of Educators. The College is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit
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