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Geisinger emergency medicine physician receives national award

CONTACT: Robin Adams: 570-271-6968
Nov. 11, 2011

DANVILLE, Pa. – John J. Skiendzielewski, M.D., FACEP, Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Geisinger Health System (GHS), was recently named the recipient of the James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) at the group’s annual meeting, Scientific Assembly, in San Francisco, CA.

The prestigious Mills Award identifies a single emergency physician each year for outstanding contributions to emergency medicine. The award honors excellence across a wide range of activities, including leadership, policy, education and research.

“During his tenure at Geisinger, Dr. Skiendzielewski has shown a remarkable commitment to patient care and the advancement of emergency services at Geisinger,” said David P. Franklin, M.D., Chairman of Surgery, GHS. “Is it with great pride that we congratulate Dr. Skiendzielewski on his reception of this prestigious award.”

The James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award honors the late James D. Mills Jr., M.D., the second president of the ACEP and organizer of the Alexandria Plan for full-time emergency department staffing and management.

Dr. Skiendzielewski was a member of Geisinger’s first emergency medicine residency class and, according to the ACEP, “has remained to create one of the strongest emergency medicine residency programs in the country.”

His contributions to emergency medicine and the ACEP are varied and highly significant. At the national level, he served as vice president and was twice elected to ACEP’s board of directors. Additionally, he has served on a range of committees and task forces, many of which he chaired. At the state level, Dr. Skiendzielewski has served the Pennsylvania ACEP in almost every capacity, including as a committee member, board member and officer.

The ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. It is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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