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GSVCC Recognition, Donor Walls & New Accreditation for Geisinger Health System’s

Mar 29, 2016 03:41PM ● By Ryan Frisch

Geisinger Health System’s Denise Prince Recognized for Volunteer Efforts by GSVCC

Denise B. Prince, System Vice President of Value-Based Care and Vice President of Population Health at Geisinger Health System, was awarded the Dan Foss Heritage Award at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce’s (GSVCC) annual meeting in March.

The award recognizes a member who embodies the chamber’s mission to preserve and strengthen the quality of life and business environment in the Susquehanna Valley. This year, GSVCC recognized Ms. Prince because “she goes above and beyond in fulfilling the chamber’s mission.”

Ms. Prince has represented Geisinger Health System in the GSVCC for more than 10 years and has served as a Director, Chair and Past Chair of the Board of Directors and a Member of the Executive Committee.

“The Chamber plays a vital role in our business community,” said Ms. Prince. “I’m proud that Geisinger supports chambers throughout the service area. I thoroughly enjoyed representing Geisinger on the GSVCC Board.”

In addition to being noted as a hard-working volunteer dedicated to strengthening the communities he or she lives and works in, the recipient also receives a Chamber logo pin made of emeralds and sapphires. The pin symbolizes outstanding commitment and leadership within the Chamber and a dedication to the growth and prosperity of the Valley.

“I’m honored to receive this award for my work with the Chamber,” said Ms. Prince. “The Chamber appreciates the hundreds of hard-working volunteers in the organization that make it such a vital part of our community. We couldn’t be as successful in our efforts without all of them.”

Geisinger Establishes Donor Walls at Three Hospitals

Geisinger Health System (GHS) leadership joined donors, employees, campaign chairs, volunteer champions, auxiliary presidents, and others to unveil Donor Walls at three hospital locations in March. The walls honor individuals who have made significant gifts to Geisinger’s “The Centennial Campaign: Redefining Boundaries.”

The Centennial Campaign raised more than $171 million to advance Geisinger patient care, community service, research and education. It concluded on Sept. 30, 2015.

“All of this began with the transformational gift from Abigail Geisinger a century ago,” said David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, president and chief executive officer, GHS. “It continues today, thanks to all of the philanthropists and friends who have supported this campaign. Because of them, Geisinger is well-positioned for our second century of patient care, education, research and community service.”

Donor walls were unveiled at Geisinger Medical Center, Geisinger Community Medical and Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV). Campaign co-chairs Frank Henry and Bob Tambur were also honored for their dedicated leadership at the GWV event.

Campaign goals included expanding high-quality care even closer to home for more patients; supporting Geisinger healthcare professionals with educational programs of excellence; leading the way in cutting-edge research; investing in critical capital projects, and leveraging technology for even greater patient access throughout the system.

“For 100 years, we, and all who have come before us, have worked hard to make Abigail proud, make all of our patients feel like family, and of course, to ‘make it the best,’” said Dr. Feinberg. “These walls recognize our donors, as well as highlight and celebrate Geisinger’s history.”

Geisinger Health System Receives Accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs

Geisinger Health System’s research effort has been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), the Washington, D.C.-based organization announced Thursday. Geisinger is one of eight newly accredited organizations to have demonstrated its commitment to protecting human subjects in research.

Geisinger now joins such organizations as the National Institutes of Health, the Baylor College of Medicine, and global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in holding AAHRPP accreditation, which denotes a commitment to quality surpassing that of state and federal requirements.

To earn the accreditation, organizations must not only adhere to high standards of research, but demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation. Geisinger’s Human Research Protection Program comprises the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Office of Research Compliance, the Office of Sponsored Projects, and various oversight, education, and quality assurance review units, including program administration.

“This accreditation underscores the commitment Geisinger has to continuing high quality, ethical research practices and the strong desire we have to translate these efforts into practical benefits for our patients,” said IRB Co-Chair Thomas D. Challman, M.D.

Dorothy C. Sellers, Geisinger Director of Research Compliance and Training, said: “This is a very exciting time to be involved in research at Geisinger and receiving this accreditation demonstrates Geisinger’s commitment to ‘making it the best.’”

In today’s global, collaborative research enterprise, organizations increasingly rely on AAHRPP accreditation status to help identify trusted research partners. “AAHRPP accreditation standards have earned a reputation as the benchmark for quality human research protection programs,” AAHRPP President and CEO Elyse I. Summers said.  “As a result, we continue to see strong interest in accreditation from organizations across the research spectrum and around the globe,” she said.

To date, 227 organizations have earned AAHRPP accreditation. Of these, 32 are located outside the United States. All major U.S. independent institutional review boards have earned AAHRPP accreditation. In addition, more than 60 percent of U.S. research-intensive universities and over 65 percent of U.S. medical schools are either AAHRPP accredited or have begun the accreditation process.

About Geisinger

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 delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldrige Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has 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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