Geisinger Launches Surgical Redesign Program

Geisinger recently announced the launch of ProvenRecovery, a surgical redesign program aimed at expediting healing, improving pain management and reducing opioid use. The program will be implemented across 42 surgical procedures impacting approximately 15,000 surgery cases annually, with the goal of reaching 100 surgical specialties by the end of 2019.

ProvenRecovery combines the best practices of Geisinger’s ProvenCare® program in cardiac, bariatric, spine and joint surgical care, along with industry best practices in optimizing patients for elective surgeries. The ProvenRecovery pilot, which began in June 2017, has driven an 18 percent decrease in opioid usage across the organization. During the pilot, neurosurgery and colorectal surgery patients saw their hospital stays cut in half. Earlier discharges accounted for an average savings of $4,556 per case for colorectal surgery patients.

“In my 35 years in surgery, this is the innovation with the greatest potential to improve the patient experience, save lives, reduce complications and be less disruptive to patients,” said Neil Martin, M.D., Geisinger’s chief quality officer and chair of Geisinger’s neuroscience institute. “With ProvenRecovery, we are empowering patients to be healthier before surgery, leading to fewer surgical complications and patients returning to their lives sooner.”

ProvenRecovery focuses on three key measures to empower patients be healthier before and after surgery:

  • Proper nutrition – During a pre-surgery consultation, patients receive a kit, including care instructions, mobility instructions and immunonutrition drinks. Unlike traditional fasting immediately preceding surgery, the fortified drinks are designed to get patients to a proper nutrition level before surgery to help reduce infection, accelerate healing after surgery and account for nutrition gaps in the average American diet.
  • Appropriate pain management – Surgery through this approach is opioid avoiding, and in many cases opioid free. During surgery, a patient’s pain is controlled by specifically targeting the surgical area. Known as multi-modal pain management, this technique allows for effective pain control of just one area. A combination of non-opioid medications is used, depending on the surgery, such as local anesthesia, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, gabapentin, ketamine and lidocaine.
  • Mobility post-surgery – When a patient wakes up in the recovery room, they are encouraged and assisted in early mobility in and around the bed. This mobility helps to speed up the recovery process, getting them back home and back to their lives faster.

“Since the early 90s, Geisinger has been pioneering patient-centric programs that revolutionize care design and management, paving the way for the industry in the move to value,” said Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., Geisinger’s interim president and chief executive officer. “ProvenRecovery is a natural evolution of these efforts, building on the successes of our ProvenCare program. By getting patients healthier and out of the hospital sooner, not only are we improving lives, we’re also reducing overall costs of care.”

ProvenRecovery is the latest innovation from Geisinger, building on the organization’s work in genomic medicine with the MyCode® Community Health Initiative research, and addressing food insecurity and diabetes through its Fresh Food Farmacy®.

University of Scranton Announces December Events

Through Dec. 14        Library Exhibit: “The World’s Best Penman-The Artistic and Business Career of Charles Paxton Zaner, 1864-1918.” Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Free during library hours. Call 570-941-6341 or email

Dec. 1             8 p.m. (Prelude begins at 7 p.m.) Performance Music: “51st Annual Noel Night” concert featuring The University of Scranton Singers with guest harpist Marg Davis. Prelude by String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email

Dec. 6             5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum and The University of Scranton Political Science Department Collaborative Program for showing of the film “The Peacemaker” by James Demo. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. RSVP required. Free event. Call 570-941-6206 or email

Dec. 9             7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “Empty Stocking Fund Benefit Concert” featuring The Scranton Brass Orchestra, The University of Scranton Singers and the Scranton Prep Cavalyrics. Houlihan-McLean Center.  Admission: one new unwrapped toy, new toiletry items or a cash donation. Call 570-941-7624 or email

Leadership Lackawanna Receives Scranton Area Community Foundation Grant

From left: Alan Hughes, Scranton Area Community Foundation board member; Nicole Morristell, director, Leadership Lackawanna; and Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation president and chief executive officer.

Leadership Lackawanna, the region’s premier community leadership and professional development organization, recently received a Scranton Area Community Foundation Community Needs Grant in the amount of $2,000.

Leadership Lackawanna will use this grant to help offset the costs associated with consulting services related to the organization’s new three-to-five-year strategic plan. This plan will help determine the organization’s future growth.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation makes grants to foster good ideas which have the potential to strengthen our community and enrich the lives of the people of Scranton and Lackawanna County. These grants fund a wide range of non-profit programs that respond to a particular community need or issue and must enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County.

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Small Business Saturday 2018 Chamber Member Offers

Here is a listing of Chamber members who will offer specials on Saturday, November 24, as part of Small Business Saturday. Please contact member businesses directly with questions, including store hours and locations.

On Friday, November 23, the Everhart Museum will offer buy one, get one free admission from noon to 5 p.m. On Saturday, November 24, the museum will offer double discounts of 20% in the gift shop, as well as other in-shop specials. On Sunday, November 25, for Museum Store Sunday, the museum gift shop will offer special discounts. Every gift shop patron will receive a free tote bag with purchases made from Friday through Sunday and will also receive a coupon for a buy one, get one museum admission for another visit to be used during the holiday season!
As part of their Small Business Saturday celebration, Greenfield Clothing & Footwear will offer photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as presents under the tree for children and prize drawings and refreshments.
Library Express Bookstore will offer 30 percent off all cookbooks on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. This discount is in addition to their 10 percent discount for all library card holders and their regular 25 percent discount on all New York Times bestsellers.