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Geisinger to host drive-through appreciation dinners for vets

Event to serve vets at eight locations

JERSEY SHORE — To thank local veterans for their service to our country, Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital will host a drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, according to a recent press release.

The dinner for U.S. military veterans is provided by Geisinger staff at no cost to participants. Anyone interested should make a reservation by Thursday, Nov. 5.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Geisinger changed this annual tradition from an in-person, sit-down meal to a drive-through event for the safety of the community and staff. The event has expanded from including three hospital campuses last year to eight locations this year.

“We are privileged to honor and serve those who served our country,” said U.S. Air Force veteran J. Edward Hartle, M.D., Geisinger’s executive vice president and chief medical officer. “Many of our patients, health plan members, staff and community members have served in the military, and this event gives us an opportunity to thank them for all they have done to protect the freedoms we enjoy as a country.”

Veterans may contact their preferred location to register themselves and one guest for the meal. Servings are limited, and those interested are encouraged to sign up now.

To make a reservation for Geisinger Jersey Shore, call 570-398-3182 or email btrunzo@geisinger.edu. The hospital is located at 1020 Thompson St., Jersey Shore.

Additional dinners are being offered in Danville, Bloomsburg, Lewistown, Scranton, Shamokin and Wilkes-Barre.

“Geisinger is committed to military veterans by providing care options and career opportunities to them in their local communities,” said U.S. Army veteran Chris Grill, program manager of Military and Veterans Affairs at Geisinger. “This dinner is yet another way for us to thank our veterans for their service.”

Geisinger was recently named a Best for Vets: Employers 2020 by the Military Times for the health system’s commitment to hiring and retaining military personnel and reservists within the organization.

In 2019, Geisinger implemented a two-week paid leave benefit for employees serving in the Reserves or the National Guard. Under the leave policy, service members are paid for time at annual trainings, encampments and drills.

The health system also created an employee resource group, VetNet, to give a forum to veteran employees for discussing issues important to them.

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