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WVIA documentary profiling Geisinger Health System to air this week

Apr 23, 2015 12:04PM ● 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 make its television broadcast premiere this Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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. The documentary previously premiered during two invitation-only events on Monday, March 30 at The F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, and on Thursday, April 9 at The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg.


About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 48 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 23,500 employees, including a 1,200-member multi-specialty group practice, nine hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $7.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

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