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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Geisinger Jersey Shore saved my life,” says Lewis “Thomas” Dershem of Lock Haven. “Last summer, I was having sharp chest pains at 2 a.m. and my wife called 911.”

Emergency medical providers from Lock Haven quickly responded and transported Thomas to Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. “They told me afterwards that as we were entering the Emergency Department, my heart stopped!” Emergency physician Catherine Brosius-Bolick, DO, and the EMS providers delivered a series of shocks to successfully restart his ticker.

“Everyone reacted quickly and collaborated flawlessly,” says Danielle Forker, clinical director of Geisinger Jersey Shore’s Emergency Department. “Because of this teamwork, Thomas is alive today. I am proud of the staff and continually impressed with the timeliness of the Lock Haven EMS.”

“Now I am doing really well,” says Thomas. “And I’m grateful for the lifesaving efforts of this community hospital and providers.”


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