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DANVILLE, Pa. – Five Geisinger maternity centers were named “Birthing-Friendly” hospitals last week by the Biden administration. The new designation recognizes hospitals for high-quality maternity care and as baby- and family-friendly institutions that aim to improve outcomes in maternity care.
The five Geisinger hospitals recognized were:
-       Geisinger Medical Center, Danville
-       Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital
-       Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
-       Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre
-       Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton

“It is an honor to see that every hospital at which we deliver babies received this distinction,” said Sandra Culbertson, M.D., chair of the Geisinger Women and Children’s Institute. “This designation reflects our systemwide emphasis on safety, quality and commitment to the health of mothers and babies in our communities.”

The new designation is part of a broader effort to address the nation’s maternal health crisis. Despite medical advances, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth in the world, according to March of Dimes, which focuses on the health equity gap in the health care system that puts women and babies of color at greater risk.

Read more about the “Birthing-Friendly” recognition at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) website.


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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