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DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger recently honored 278 caregivers for ranking in the top 10% nationally for patient experience at the health system’s annual Top Patient Experience Clinicians awards. The recognition was held over two days, on Nov. 14 in Wilkes-Barre and on Nov. 30 in Danville.  

Geisinger clinicians — including physicians and advanced practitioners — were ranked among the best in the country by their patients, according to Press Ganey’s 2023 medical practice survey results. This survey allows patients to grade the service and care they received from a clinician. 

“There’s no better indicator of being an exceptional caregiver than to hear it directly from your patients,” said J. Edward Hartle, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer for Geisinger. “Year after year, we have more Geisinger clinicians ranking in the top 10% nationally for patient experience, all while the standards keep getting tougher. We’re very proud to see our physicians and advanced practitioners continuing to excel in making better health easier for our patients.” 

Among the 278 clinicians honored, three were spotlighted for exemplary work, receiving Geisinger awards for going above and beyond in delivering compassionate patient care. 

Elyssa Johnson, PA-C, chief physician assistant at Geisinger Primary Care Frackville, received the Christina Appleman Award. The award is named in honor of Christina Appleman, certified registered nurse practitioner, and is given to the advanced practitioner at Geisinger with the highest overall score on the care provider section of the patient satisfaction survey. 

Matthew J. Shellenberger, D.O., gastroenterology physician at Geisinger Medical Center, and Jason R. Woloski, M.D., family medicine physician at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, received the Victor J. Marks Award for best Outpatient Specialty Physician and Primary Care Physician, respectively. The award was established in 2002 to honor Victor Marks, M.D., who served as Geisinger’s interim CEO from 2000 to 2001, and his commitment to making patients the primary focus of the health system. It’s given to the outpatient specialty physician and primary care physician at Geisinger who have the highest overall scores on the care provider section of the patient satisfaction survey. 

About Geisinger
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, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


Joanne Quaglia


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