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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

LEWISTOWN – Geisinger School of Nursing will cut the ribbon on its newly refurbished, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Lewistown on Friday, May 17. The event marks a major step forward in the College of Health Sciences’ plan to create an academic center of excellence in rural healthcare in Geisinger’s western region.

“We have the faculty, researchers and learners in place in Lewistown to lead the nation in innovations that best support rural communities, which are often the most underserved in the country. Our School of Nursing is critical to that vision,” said Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, president of Geisinger College of Health Sciences and chief academic officer. “When we cut the ribbon on a brand-new building for our School of Nursing, we’ll underscore our commitment to improving rural health and making better health easier for these populations.”

Rebecca Stoudt, PhD, DNP, Geisinger College’s associate dean of nursing student education, observed that the School of Nursing is already meeting the region’s dire need for nurses, as many members of the ADN class of 2024 have opted for employment at Geisinger. 

“On April 27, our School of Nursing observed an important milestone. The class of 2024 is the first class to receive a degree from Geisinger School of Nursing and most of them will go to work at Geisinger caring for our own communities,” she said. “Cutting the ribbon on our new school is one more signal that Geisinger is focused on solving access to care issues and making better health easier for every community we serve.”

Event details:
Friday, May 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Geisinger School of Nursing, 111 E. Market St., Lewistown
The event will feature:
o Ribbon cutting and opening remarks
o Building tours and activities

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. Geisinger is the inaugural member of Risant Health, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding and accelerating the adoption of value-based care. 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, graduate medical education, and schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education, in addition to faculty and professional development programs. The College is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit
Geisinger College’s School of Nursing Rendering
Rendering of Geisinger College’s School of Nursing

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