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Winter is finally over, and if this one felt a little longer and darker than most, this spring should bring a feeling of greater hope and renewal. We’re dedicating this edition of PA Health to the theme of giving back — whether that’s to your community, to the environment or to someone else in need.

Here, you’ll meet best friends Mike Maxwell of Factoryville and Chris Joseph of Tunkhannock. When Chis learned he needed a new kidney, Mike knew his would be a perfect match. Now, with their surgeries behind them, both men have much to look forward to. 

Giving back can come in many forms. Our medical students perform community service. Local friends of Geisinger give their time and skills (or provide the comfort of a pet, in the case of a few of our hospital volunteers). And if you’d rather give back while enjoying fresh air and a little exercise, why not take care of a park trail or tend a garden full of native plants that support Pennsylvania’s wildlife?

Thank you for being one of our readers. If you’d like to see more of what PA Health has to offer, including additional stories, recipes and health and wellness tips. 

I wish you and your loved ones all the best this spring.

Enjoy the warming weather.

Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer

Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger

A purple crocus begins to bloom through the Pennsylvania snow.
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