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Geisinger Jersey Shore serves Veterans Appreciation dinners

Joan and John Rogers, of the Nippennose Valley, pick up their meals at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital’s Veterans Appreciation drive though event. About 180 meals were served at GJSH, with approximately 1,500 meals being served across eight Geisinger hospitals.
Richard Caldera, of Williamsport, picks up two meals at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital’s Veterans Appreciation drive-through dinner event. Handing out meals were Paulette Nish, vice president of nursing at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, and Dominic Moffa, Geisinger executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

JERSEY SHORE–To thank local veterans for their service to our country, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital served about 180 meals during a drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinner on Thursday, Nov. 12. The dinners for U.S. military veterans and guests were provided by Geisinger staff at no cost to participants.

Geisinger expanded this annual event from three locations last year to eight locations in 2020. In total, about 1,500 meals were provided in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Danville, Bloomsburg, Shamokin, Jersey Shore and Lewistown. While the event is typically a traditional, sit-down meal, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it was changed to a drive-through event for the safety of staff and the community.

“It is important to honor and recognize our military veterans and we were happy to do so this year in a way that kept everyone safe,” said U.S. Army veteran Chris Grill, program manager of Military and Veterans Affairs at Geisinger. “This event gave us an opportunity to thank them for all they have done to protect the freedoms we enjoy as a country.”

Geisinger was recently named a Best for Vets: Employers 2020 by the Military Times for the health system’s commitment to hiring and retaining military personnel and reservists within the organization.

In 2019, Geisinger implemented a two-week paid leave benefit for employees serving in the Reserves or the National Guard. Under the leave policy, service members are paid for time at annual trainings, encampments and drills. The health system also created an employee resource group, VetNet, to give a forum to veteran employees for discussing issues important to them.

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