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WVIA documentary on Geisinger’s 100 years to have central Pa. premiere April 9

Apr 06, 2015 11:31AM ● By Erica Shames

Reinventing American Healthcare, a documentary profiling Geisinger Health System’s 100-year history and transformation from a small, rural hospital to a nationally recognized health system, will have a central Pennsylvania premiere on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, before debuting on WVIA-TV.

 The television broadcast of the documentary will premiere on Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. on WVIA-TV.

Encore broadcast presentations will be shown on WVIA-TV on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.

WVIA Public Media produced the documentary, which is written and narrated by Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Reinventing American Healthcare focuses on the issues troubling the U.S. healthcare system and Geisinger’s solutions to improve patient care while lowering costs.

President Barack Obama opens the documentary, praising Geisinger Health System for tackling some of the last century’s greatest healthcare challenges. Geisinger innovators, physicians, nurses, administrators and patients, as well as other healthcare leaders, then tell the story of how Geisinger’s care model is reinventing healthcare in the U.S. The film features original footage of surgeries performed at Geisinger, as well as footage from Life Flight’s three decades in the air.

“Throughout our 100-year history, we have transformed healthcare through continuous innovation,” said Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Geisinger Health System. “By advancing patient care through education and research, Geisinger developed an integrated health service organization that is widely recognized for delivering a new model of healthcare in this country.”

“The Geisinger story deserved to be told because they have continued to lead by example instead of following other healthcare systems across the country,” said Tom Curra, president and chief executive officer, WVIA Public Media. “WVIA is proud to partner with Geisinger to educate the public with this impactful film.”

“Geisinger is leading the charge in creating innovative programs that focus on patients’ wellbeing,” said Dentzer. “The value-driven, quality healthcare the system provides is setting the standard for transformative change in the industry.”

The documentary features interviews with Dr. Steele; Ralph Pascualy, M.D., chief executive, Swedish Medical Group and senior vice president, physician services, Swedish Health Services, Seattle, Wash.; Reed Abelson, reporter, The New York Times; and George Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; as well as Geisinger patients and their families.

  • Reinventing American Healthcare is part of Geisinger’s Centennial Celebration throughout 2015.

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