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Olivia Decker

Heroes, right here.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life, and are right here in our communities, tackling one of the greatest challenges modern healthcare has ever faced.

Read, watch and listen to their stories.

The phlebotomist who, after a long shift at the hospital, spends her free time cooking and delivering hot meals to seniors and truck drivers. A physical therapy assistant plucked from her normal duties and redeployed to screen her friends and neighbors in a tent outside the ER. The environmental services workers who sanitize, disinfect and deep-clean our hospitals and clinics, putting their own health at risk in the process.

We’re surrounded every day by heroes.

Whether you’re locked down in a self-quarantine, you’re directly caring for friends and family or you’re out there on the front lines screening and educating our communities — we’re all connected at this moment in history. Together, we move through these unsettling and unprecedented times — and together, we will come out stronger on the other side.

In honor of those working tirelessly to get us through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re sharing the stories of our heroes and the incredible work they do. 
 
Here are a few — among the countless we’re surrounded by — who work endlessly inside and outside our hospitals’ walls bringing hope and better health to our communities. Each and every day.
 
Want to nominate your hero? Email us at innovate@geisinger.edu.
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Barriers on cafeteria tables allow employees at InterMetro in Wilkes-Barre to sit and eat together while practicing social distancing.

Strength through adversity — InterMetro Industries puts new ideas to work

When “business as usual” changed for InterMetro Industries, its staff found ways to adapt — and got creative in the process.

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Franca Dailbor

Hope is not canceled: How to cope during uncertain times

Advice from two addiction medicine professionals who have been in recovery for 30+ years.

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Vicki Housner, lead security supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center.

Long live heroes: Stories from the front line

From calming visitors who aren’t able to see their loved ones to assisting those who are COVID-19-positive in the hospital, lead security supervisor Vicki Housner and her team are dedicated to helping anyone who needs it.

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Geisinger paramedic Ken Kihlthau sits in his ambulance wearing his face mask.

Responding to emergencies during a pandemic

Geisinger paramedic Ken Kihlthau talks about the impact COVID-19 has had on his job: “There’s a lot more planning involved in each call.”

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Amy Davis, specialty nurse at LIFE Geisinger Lewistown, continues caring for participants.

The caring continues for LIFE Geisinger participants

Although the doors may be physically closed, LIFE Geisinger continues to provide much-needed care to seniors in the community.

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Gary Heinke, staff chaplain at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital provides spiritual care and guidance for patients and staff.

Flying the flag: Providing spiritual care and guidance during a pandemic

As staff chaplain, Gary Heinke has an important job: attending to the spiritual needs of Geisinger patients and staff.

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Corey Rossi, certified physician assistant, screens patients for COVID-19 in tents outside the hospitals’ Emergency Department.

Wearing many hats to treat COVID-19

Temporarily reassigned due to the pandemic, physician assistant Corey Rossi’s new role takes him from working inside the Emergency Department to outside of it.

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