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Events celebrate Geisinger ADMI anniversary, Autism Awareness Month


April 2 talk by pioneer of the disability hiring movement, April 12 5K highlight calendar

March 27, 2015

LEWISBURG, Pa. – April is both the second anniversary for Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) and National Autism Awareness Month and ADMI is sponsoring two public events to celebrate.

On Thursday, April 2, Randy Lewis, a retired vice president from Walgreens who became a pioneer of the disability hiring movement and author of the book “No Greatness Without Goodness,” will give a free public presentation at Bucknell University’s Elaine Langone Center Gallery Theatre starting at 7 p.m.

The Autism Awareness 5K Walk/Run & Family Activities will also be held on the Bucknell campus on Sunday, April 12, starting at 10 a.m.

Details on each event follow:

A presentation by Randy Lewis, pioneer of the disability hiring movement
Thursday, April 2, Bucknell University’s Elaine Langone Center
Reception & Refreshments, The Refectory, Second Floor, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lecture, Gallery Theatre, Third Floor, 7-8:30 p.m.

Lewis retired as a senior vice president from Walgreens in 2013 and published the 2014 book “No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement” (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.). The book tells the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, realized that we all have a greater responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities.

Before retiring from Walgreens, Lewis led its logistics division for 16 years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Believing that people with disabilities could do more, he established a disability employment model in the distribution centers that resulted in 10 percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities. This initiative is now being rolled out in Walgreens stores across America and is changing the lives of thousands.

Anyone planning to attend the reception and/or lecture should RSVP by Monday, March 30, to 570-522-9433 or tdmckinney@geisinger.edu.
The event is sponsored by the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Center and Bucknell’s Department of Psychology.

5K Run-Walk for Autism Awareness & Family Activities
Sunday, April 12, Bucknell University campus
Registration at 9 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m., Bucknell’s McDonnell Lawn (adjacent to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium).

The Bucknell BRAIN (Bucknell Researchers, Advocates & Investigators in Neuroscience) Club is once again sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness. Proceeds will be donated to the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Center.

Refreshments and family-friendly activities will be available throughout the event to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. The race route will take participants through Bucknell’s campus.

Registration is $15 through the end of March and $20 after April 1 and on race day. Online registration is available at: www.geisingeradmi.org/5k. Additional information is available by contacting the race director at admi5klewisburg@gmail.com

For more information on any of these events, visit www.GeisingerADMI.org/events, or follow the latest ADMI news and more on Twitter (@GeisingerADMI) and Facebook (ADMI on Facebook).

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 www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

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CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo, 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c), msferlazzo@geisinger.edu