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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine celebrated a monumental success with its annual Black Ties for White Coats Gala, raising more than $100,000 in support of student scholarships. Held at Mohegan Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 20, the event brought together esteemed guests, faculty, students, and community members for an evening of philanthropy and celebration.

Geisinger Commonwealth would like to thank the Diamond Sponsor of this year’s event, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Service/Discover NEPA and the Gold Sponsor, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. The annual gala serves as a cornerstone fundraising event for the school and is aimed at supporting the next generation of healthcare leaders. “We are thrilled by the overwhelming generosity and support shown at this year’s Gala”, said School President and Dean Julie Byerley, MD, MPH. “The funds raised will directly impact our students by enabling them to pursue their dreams of becoming a healthcare provider who will make a difference in the communities they serve.” 

The success of the Black Ties for White Coats event underscores Geisinger Commonwealth's commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment where students from all backgrounds can thrive. By providing scholarships, the school aims to alleviate the financial burden of medical education and empower students to focus on their studies and clinical training.

Each year Geisinger Commonwealth selects a Founders, Well-being and Community honoree. This year’s honorees include:
Founders: Tom Churilla, MD
Well-being: Shubhra Shetty, MD
Community: The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children 
 

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 geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

 
Back row: Dean Byerley, Geisinger College of Health Sciences Board Chair Virginia McGregor, Geisinger CEO (at the time) Jaewon Ryu. Seated, Medical Student Council President Eshiemomoh Osilama, MD ’24, MBS ’19 and scholarship recipient representative Parita Ray, MD ‘25
Dean Byerley, Geisinger College of Health Sciences Board Chair Virginia McGregor, Geisinger CEO (at the time) Jaewon Ryu.Seated, Medical Student Council President Eshiemomoh Osilama, MD ’24, MBS ’19 and scholarship recipient representative Parita Ray, MD ‘25

CONTACT:

Deb Sawyer
Marketing Strategist
570-419-6035
dsawyer@geisinger.edu

 

 

 

 
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