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Geisinger-Weis Markets Family History Campaign dishes up Thanksgiving opportunity

CONTACTS:  Patti Urosevich: 570-204-1848; Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c),
Nov. 20, 2013


DANVILLE, Pa – Thanks to a multi-year $250,000 donation by Weis Markets to the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to create the Family Health History Campaign, families gathered to share a holiday feast this Thanksgiving are being provided educational tools to also share important health information that can save lives.

“Thanksgiving is also National Family History Day, providing a great opportunity to spark a discussion about family health history, which is known to be a risk factor for many common chronic diseases,” said Family History Campaign leader Andrew Faucett, MS, CGC, director of policy and education, Geisinger Health System. “Through a gift from Weis Markets, we’ve developed a series of educational tools that will help guide the discussion and make it into a group activity. This program has the potential to identify potential health issues early when they are most treatable.”

The Family History website offers users:

  • an interactive activity packet that guides the collection of a family health history in a fun-based format
  • educational tools to explain the importance of family history in preventive health
  • a guide to enable family history collection
  • a template to discuss family history with health care providers
  • opportunities for online,  telephone, or in-person review of a community member’s family history by a genetic counselor
  • and the option to explore additional resources addressing family health history and health risks

Weis Markets will also have free handouts of the education of the education materials at its pharmacy during the Grand Reopening Celebration of its Danville store.

“Geisinger is known for its innovative programs and personal approach to treatment, and Weis Markets is proud to support such an important program,” said Rick Seipp, vice president of pharmacy for Weis Markets. “We’re fortunate to live in a region with many multi-generational families and mapping family history is one of the least expensive, most accessible and surefire ways to get an estimate of the genetic-linked disease risk, in addition to gathering anecdotal information about known environmental exposures, such as drinking and smoking.”

Funding for the Family Health History Campaign was provided through a $250,000 donation from Weis Markets, in addition to funds from the Geisinger Genomic Institute. For more information, visit

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 the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,800 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, seven hospital campuses, two research centers and a 448,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 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.

About Weis Markets
Celebrating more than 100 years of service, Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE: WMK), founded in 1912, is a Mid Atlantic food retailer operating 165 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, please visit: or

Weis Markets made a $250,000 multi-year donation to the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to create the Family Health History Campaign. Participants in the check presentation at the pharmacy during the Grand Reopening of the Weis Markets in Danville on Sunday, Nov. 17, were (L to R): Mike Neal, Weis Markets district manager; Jonathan Weis, vice-chairman and secretary of the board of directors and interim president/chief executive officer, Weis Markets; Andy Faucett, MS, CGC, director of policy and education and director of the Family History Campaign, Geisinger Health System; Kenny Diep, pharmacist, Weis Markets, Danville; Adam Way, center store manager, Weis Markets; Sheena Fiedler, store manager, Weis Markets, Danville.