Stories tagged: "Geisinger"

Bern Township, PA - January 29: A photo of the Berks County Heim. At the Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bern Township Friday morning January 29, 2021 where residents of the home, and staff are being vaccinated against COVID-19 / Coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
COVID-Era Nursing Home Staff Crunch Hurting Hospitals, Too

The workforce crunch at skilled nursing homes and personal care facilities in Pennsylvania is having a spillover effect on hospitals, which are under strain from a 55% increase in COVID-19 patients since mid-November.

FILE: One of Geisinger's facilities in Danville. (Shutterstock)
COVID Surge: Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania Hospital Chain Runs Out of Beds

Geisinger is running at 110% capacity across its nine hospitals — overrun with largely unvaccinated COVID-19 patients who represent a quarter to well over half of all admissions.

Ciro Cinti died from the coronavirus. His daughter Nina Bocci also caught the virus. (Courtesy of Nina Bocci)
A Year in the Pandemic in Pennsylvania: Loss, Frustration, and Hope

The coronavirus pandemic arrived in Pennsylvania on March 6, 2020. A year later, the state has dealt with loss and frustration. With new vaccines, hope has returned.

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 sits on a table at Hartford Hospital, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Another Health Network, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Vaccinated Employee Family Members

The University of Pennsylvania Health System said that its Chester County Hospital ran a “lottery system” for family members of employees who met the state’s vaccine eligibility requirements.

FILE: One of Geisinger's facilities in Danville. (Shutterstock)
State Rebukes Geisinger for Vaccinating Employee Family Members

Geisinger Health Systems allowed employees' family members to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line, raising questions of fairness at a time of strong public demand and scarce supply.

Registered nurse Tara Skutack is one of the first Geisinger
front-line staff members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Karen Nowicki, LPN, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical
Center gave Skutack the first dose of the two-dose
vaccine. (Courtesy of Geisinger)
Levine: 1,205 Front-line Workers Vaccinated with No Negative Side Effects So Far

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said that 1,205 front-line workers had been vaccinated by Thursday morning, and none of them reported any negative side effects.