March

Geisinger employees give more than their time

Employee Campaign

Every instance of caring, healing and helping stems from our employees’ commitment to our patients, families, students and each other. They give from their heart every day, going above and beyond their assigned duties and have generously supported programs through the Employee Campaign.

Last year’s campaign raised more than $400,000 for programs like the Patient Experience Fund, where employees also had the chance to offer their own suggestions for improvements – like the “HOPE” mural outside of the psychiatry unit at Geisinger Medical Center, and supplying patients with iPods with music to listen to during uncomfortable procedures, helping them relax when they are not put under general anesthesia.

For Mary Lawhon Triano, MSN, CRNP-C director of academic success, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, a specific medical student drove her decision to give to student scholarships.

“Cassandra Graeff embodies courage and tenacity,” Lawhon Triano said.

“She didn’t have an easy road getting to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Growing up in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Cassie learned she loved working with children when she started helping out with her much younger brother and sister. This experience inspired her decision to ultimately pursue pediatrics.

“During her undergraduate years, she worked to help pay for her education while still finding time to volunteer and maintain a 4.0 GPA,” noted Lawhon Triano. “Clearly, Cassie has the big heart and superior work ethic needed of a doctor and she brought these qualities to her four years at our medical college.

“Drive and determination like this should never be stopped by financial considerations,” she concluded.