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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Geisinger Health Plan recently held its Service Excellence Awards ceremony to recognize employees who consistently demonstrate a commitment to excellence in service and quality, a positive attitude, teamwork and dedication to GHP’s initiatives.

Steve Youso, GHP president and chief executive officer, presented the biannual awards during a ceremony on Jan. 24 at GHP’s Hughes Center North building, Danville. 
There were three individual award winners and a team award.

The first-ever team award went to Geisinger's diabetes prevention program team.

Geisinger’s health and wellness team has provided the diabetes prevention program to members and the community since 2016. This interdisciplinary team has established Geisinger as a trailblazer in diabetes prevention as many managed care organizations still struggle with implementing the program.

The primary focus of the program is to increase physical activity and weight loss to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

The program is currently offered in Centre, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York counties. As of July 31, 2018, more than 1,200 people have participated in the program this year.

Members of this team include:

Allison Hess, vice president of health

Becky Hess, operations and configuration

Brenda Wolford, IT operations

Carmella Carr, health and wellness

Eileen Evert, health and wellness

Jane Foust, government programs regulatory

Katrina Conrad, health and wellness

Kelly Graboski, operations and configuration

Maria Welch, health and wellness

Michelle Passaretti, health and wellness

Nichole Politza, marketing

Niki Long, health and wellness

Ryan Wiehagen, IT operations

Team photo
Members of Geisinger's diabetes prevention program implementation team, from left to right, Eileen Evert, Allison Hess, Michelle Passaretti, Nichole Politza, Kelly Graboski, Carmella Carr, Katrina Conrad, Niki Long, Ryan Wiehagen, Maria Welch and Brenda Wolford.

For media inquiries:

Mark Gilger
Geisinger Health Plan
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