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Geisinger launches formal military veteran recruitment effort

CONTACT:  Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c)
May 22, 2013


DANVILLE, Pa. – In an effort to more directly assist military veterans who are returning to civilian employment, Geisinger Health System (GHS) now has both a coordinator for veterans and career outreach, as well as a new website (

Phyllis Scott, a corporate recruiter who now serves as Geisinger’s coordinator for veterans and career outreach, is offering one-on-one support to any veteran seeking employment within the health system. She is also regularly attending veterans’ career fairs.

“Geisinger values the contributions of our military and we understand the challenges they inevitably faced when transitioning from military to civilian life, which is why we’re committed to offering veterans the support they need to ease this transition,” Scott said.
“This helps to let these veterans know about potential jobs for them here at Geisinger, and also increases the pool of qualified applicants.”

Scott works with veterans to provide résumé assistance and recruiter support to identify jobs within the health system that are a good match for a military skill set. She reports that an increasing number of veterans are now working with her and applying to Geisinger.

One such veteran is Rich Tully (left), who started at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital as a medical laboratory technician on April 22. He is completing active duty with the U.S. Army, where he received medical laboratory training. For the past two years, he has instructed civilians and military personnel who have sought their medical laboratory certifications.

“It really was appreciated that Geisinger provided assistance in navigating through all the documentation that was required during the employment process,” said Tully, who will continue to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. “It was nice being able to correspond and get a response in a very short amount of time. The talent acquisition office at Geisinger did an efficient job.”

According to Tully, Geisinger is viewed across the army as a model of health care, making it an attractive civilian employment destination for him.

GHS received the elite Seven Seals Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a U.S. Department of Defense organization, in 2010. It is the highest award given by ESRG, and was created to publically recognize employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to employees and families of those who have been called to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Geisinger’s military-friendly initiatives include:

  • A program that supports its active-duty military employees by paying the difference between their regular pay and active-duty military pay for up to 15 days each year for Reservist or National Guard service.
  • The Reaching Rural Veterans Initiative, which assists Geisinger-employed military and their families with easy access to care and conquering common challenges faced by military returning home.
  • Continuing to conduct an assessment of healthcare provider awareness of combat stress-related issues. An education program was developed to help healthcare providers identify and treat those issues. It has been presented within the Geisinger system.
  • Ongoing research on the health effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on military veterans.

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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 17,000 employees, including a 900-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 310,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $5.5 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  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook

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