Corbett Announces Grant to Support Innovative Research and Tele-Genomics
Facility at Geisinger Health System
Danville – Governor Tom Corbett today
announced the award of a Discovered in PA – Developed in PA grant that will
support innovative genomic medical research at Geisinger Health System.
“One way we
are creating a brighter future in Pennsylvania is through supporting
organizations that show a commitment to innovation and bold invention,” said
Corbett. “Geisinger’s project, intersecting telemedicine and genomics,
demonstrates why Pennsylvania has become known for its world-class medical
s Medicine Center, a facility that is part of the
Geisinger family and is located in Luzerne County, will receive a $100,000
investment from the Discovered in PA – Developed in PA (D2PA) program. This
investment will help the facility to build the infrastructure for telemedicine
governor was joined for the visit by Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., M.D., Ph.D.,
president and CEO, Geisinger Health System; Geisinger officials; and Department
of Health Secretary Michael Wolf. Prior to the award announcement, the governor
took part in a demonstration of Geisinger’s eICU® telemedicine system.
share a vision of innovation with Governor Corbett and welcomed the opportunity
to discuss the healthcare needs of Pennsylvania while providing him greater
insight into Geisinger innovation," said Dr. Steele. "We are honored
to be awarded a D2PA grant, which will be used by the Geisinger Genomic
Medicine Institute to improve care for Pennsylvanians in the future."
Medicine Center will be home to a world-class, state-of-the-art “Tele-Genomics”
facility in the Wilkes-Barre area. Patients will be able to have genomic
sequencing completed, interpreted, and applied to their healthcare by a team of
physician geneticists, genetic counselors, and other medical specialists.
Geisinger will also act as a resource to other institutions, providers, and
patients who seek a second opinion, and will invite individuals, healthcare
providers, and genomic scientists to participate in efforts to bring diagnostic
insight to patient care.
I committed to advancing health information technology and telemedicine in
Pennsylvania through my Healthy Pennsylvania plan,” Corbett said. “I
believe that every Pennsylvanian should have access to a family doctor or
health care provider and that – no matter where you live – every Pennsylvanian
should have access to a specialist as needed,” said Corbett.
this project, we are investing in the future of medicine not only here in
Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States,” Corbett continued.
governor’s JOBS1st PA initiative, Pennsylvania is making smart investments to
secure the continued resurgence of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing, life sciences
and technology sectors. The D2PA program is devoted to increasing economic
opportunity in the commonwealth by investing in companies that embrace
nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger Health System
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,
eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 450,000-member health plan,
all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the
Pennsylvania economy. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org.
information about Governor Corbett’s commitment to job creation and the view
his entire Healthy Pennsylvania plan, visit www.pa.gov.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Tysarczyk, Department of Health; 717-787-1783
Kratz, DCED; 717-783-1132