The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 16, 2013

Celebrating our employees


Daily Item

---- — Two national observances are being held in May to recognize the important contributions of healthcare professionals to the health and well-being of patients -- National Nurses' Week (May 6-12), and National Hospital Week (May 12-18).

Strength, commitment and education are hallmarks of the national theme for Nurses Week in 2013 -- Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care -- focusing on nurses' dedication to saving lives through innovative treatments and improvements in quality and patient safety. Nurses make the commitment every day to building an even more meaningful nursing profession, addressing the complexities of patient care, reshaping the work environment, and influencing broader health policies to benefit patients.

Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care is exemplified by Geisinger nurses throughout central Pennsylvania. Geisinger nurses provide world-class care to thousands of patients daily -- whether it's the nurse who devotes time and energy teaching others to live healthier lives or the nurse who holds a patient's hand, making sure that compassion and dignity are an integral part of the medical treatment of every patient. And it represents the profound way that Geisinger nurses affect the lives of many people through clinical research and advancements in technology.

National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to commemorate the importance of all the men and women who work in our hospitals. A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is an important part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospital employees are central to a healthy and thriving community.

People in central Pennsylvania and surrounding areas can enjoy the advantage of having Geisinger in their community, where extraordinary medical professionals, support staff and world-class facilities deliver healing treatment and compassionate care around the clock.

As we celebrate National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, Geisinger salutes our nurses and hospital staff members for their talents, professional accomplishments and dedication to your health and peace of mind. Please take time in the next few weeks to thank a nurse and a hospital employee for their extraordinary work.

Lissa Bryan-Smith,

Chief Administrative Officer

Geisinger Health System

Susan Hallick, RN,

Chief Nursing Officer

Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital

Tom Harlow ,

Chief Administrative Officer

Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital

Bonnie Hess, RN,

Chief Nursing Officer

Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital

Crystal Muthler, RN,

Chief Nursing Officer

Geisinger Medical Center

Tom Sokola,

Chief Administrative Officer

Geisinger Medical Center