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Governor Corbett Announces Grant to Support Innovative Research and Tele-Genomics Facility at Geisinger Health System

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May 16, 2014

Governor 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 research.”

The Geisinger Genomics 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 initiatives.

The 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.

"We 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."

The Genomic 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.

“Last fall, 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.

“Through this project, we are investing in the future of medicine not only here in Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States,” Corbett continued.

Through the 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 innovative ideas.

As the 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.

For more information about Governor Corbett’s commitment to job creation and the view his entire Healthy Pennsylvania plan, visit www.pa.gov.

Media contact:

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Aimee Tysarczyk, Department of Health; 717-787-1783

Steve Kratz, DCED; 717-783-1132

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