diversity

Geisinger values and embraces the wealth of diversity reflected in our patients, their families, our employees and the communities we serve.  We know that seeking medical care can be stressful, and it can be even more so when magnified by fear of discrimination or being misunderstood. Geisinger is committed to caring with compassion and cultural competence for all our patients and it is our policy to not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, handicap or veteran status.

Geisinger Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) reflect Geisinger's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Each ERG is formed around a common/shared identity, but is open to all employees. ERGs offer employees a forum to promote cultural and community awareness, and create additional connections throughout Geisinger and can help in career development. For more information on ERGs contact the Diversity & Inclusion office at diversity@geisinger.edu.

Women LEAD

The Women LEAD (legacy, empowerment, advocacy, development) ERG seeks to enhance the recruitment, retention, promotion and professional development of women. The group will implement programs that foster greater interaction among peers and the broader community, while acting as a collective voice for raising women’s issues to leadership and enriching the Geisinger brand.

BOLD

The BOLD (Black Outreach Leadership Development) ERG serves as a catalyst to caring beyond barriers for Geisinger, and is integral to developing opportunities to lead in both local and global communities we serve. BOLD focuses on increasing awareness of race issues in the workplace and will provide a network that supports the development of Black/African-American employees.

G-PRIDE

The G-PRIDE (Geisinger - People Ready for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality) ERG works to foster a welcoming, caring, inclusive environment for Geisinger employees of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. G-PRIDE serves many roles, including functioning as a source of support to LGBTQ employees in the system as well as educating and enhancing understanding around important LGBTQ issues.

Policies

Patient Right & Responsibilities
Non-discrimination policy: #14
Equal visitation policy: #47, #48, #49, #50

Employment non-discrimination policy

Geisinger also has Workplace Transition Guidelines available upon request. Contact the Diversity & Inclusion Office for more details.

Bathroom/locker room policy

Employees, patients, visitors, and customers should use the facilities (restroom, locker room, etc.) that correspond with their gender identity. All employees, patients, visitors and customers should determine the most appropriate and comfortable options for themselves. As with restrooms, all employees, patients, visitors and customers have the right to use the locker room appropriate to their gender identity.


LGBTQ specific information

Our office is here for you

Our Diversity and Inclusion Department, with on-site offices in Danville and South Wilkes-Barre, is here to advocate for our LGBTQ patients and employees. We have dedicated staff who are able to assist LGBTQ patients with navigating the health system. Call 570-214-5162 or email diversity@geisinger.edu to provide comments, concerns or compliments.

Our staff can also connect you with LGBTQ knowledgeable and friendly providers. For additional information, please call 570-214-5162 or email diversity@geisinger.edu

In concert with our D&I Department, Geisinger has established a Transgender Patient Ombudsman to advocate for our transgender patients and help with navigating the system, including referrals to knowledgeable providers, assistance with your electronic health record, and assistance with any billing issues that may arise. Call 570-214-5162 or email diversity@geisinger.edu to request to speak with our Transgender Patient Ombudsman.

Geisinger is offering LGBTQ cultural competency training to all physicians and staff. In addition to Safe Zone trainings and Unconscious Bias trainings, training resources developed and provided by Human Rights Commission are available to all staff. Additionally, Geisinger is working to include LGBTQ representation on all of our Patient and Family Advisory Councils.

Geisinger is also reaching out to LGBTQ organizations in our communities, including PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). If your organization is interested in collaborating with us, reach out to the Diversity and Inclusion Department.

LGBTQ specific services

Caring for our LGBTQ community

Our staff can also connect patients and family members with LGBTQ knowledgeable and friendly providers. For additional information, call 570-214-5162 for email diversity@geisinger.edu.

  • HIV/STD/STI testing and counseling
  • LGBTQ affirming mental health services
  • LGBTQ focused alcohol and substance use treatment
  • Hormone therapy for adults and youth