Skip to main content

We’ve updated our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. By using this site, you agree to these terms.

CF Foundation’s award recognizes centers that continuously work to improve patient care

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center’s pediatric and adult cystic fibrosis (CF) programs were both selected as 2023 recipients of the annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Quality Improvement Award for their work in improving patient care.

“It is a tremendous honor for our program’s quality improvement work to be recognized by the CF Foundation,” said Dr. Catherine Shoff, DO, director of the adult CF program and physician in pulmonary medicine. “This is a unique specialty we offer the community, and our CF program has evolved and continues to grow.”

To determine eligibility for the award, the CF Foundation committee visited Geisinger in the spring and reviewed the program’s performance standards. The committee looked at how the care team identified opportunities for improvement, the results of those efforts and how those efforts were aligned to improve clinical outcomes. They also looked for ways in which the care team involved patients and families in improvement efforts and how they employed innovative strategies to improve care processes and outcomes.
Some of the team’s work that was reviewed by the committee included improvements to sweat testing for patients and processes for screening and managing CF-related diabetes. Nutrition initiatives to increase patients’ body mass indexes to recommended ranges were also considered, as well as the creation of a transition process for pediatric patients into adult care. Most recently, the adult lung transplant team collaborated with a regional lung transplant program to develop a standardized process for lung transplant education and referral for patients with advanced CF lung disease.
The adult and pediatric CF programs were both granted full accreditation by the CF Foundation during the spring site visit. The reaccreditation is done every five years.
The Geisinger teams will be recognized as Quality Improvement Award recipients and will receive a plaque at the North American CF Conference in Phoenix on Nov. 4.
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Geisinger’s Cystic Fibrosis Center include (back row, from left) Beth Ann Ritter, respiratory therapist; Erin Redding, pediatric and adult social worker; Heather Brosius, R.N., program coordinator; Sarah Pritt, Psy.D., psychologist; Cynthia Tsai, D.O., associate adult program director and pulmonologist; (front row, from left) Jessica Ehnot, pharmacist; Lyndell Wright, R.D.N., dietitian; Catherine Shoff, D.O., adult program director and pulmonologist. 

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.


Media inquiries

Mike McMullen
Senior Communications Specialist

Content from General Links with modal content