Geisinger Providers Honored as ‘Most Caring’ Members News November 29, 2018 DANVILLE, Pa. – More than 140 Geisinger caregivers were honored for being named “the best” by the patients they serve. Geisinger recognized providers – including physicians, physician assistants and certified registered nurse practitioners – for ranking in the top 10 percent in patient experience nationally at the health system’s annual Top Patient Experience Clinicians Awards Dinner. “The providers that were honored truly embody our Geisinger values,” said Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., Geisinger interim president and CEO. “These individuals come to work every day and deliver the highest quality and most compassionate care. We’re proud to have these individuals caring for the patients in our communities.” Among the 146 clinicians honored, three were spotlighted for exemplary work – receiving Geisinger awards for going above and beyond when it comes to compassionate patient care. Mary F. Callahan, M.D., family medicine physician, Geisinger Port Matlida, and W. Fred Hess, D.O., orthopedic surgeon, Geisinger Medical Center, received the Victor J. Marks Award for best Primary Care and Outpatient Specialty physician, respectively. The award was established in 2002 to honor Dr. Victor Marks, who served as Geisinger’s interim CEO from 2000 to 2001, and his commitment to making patients the primary focus of the health system. Recipients of the award are identified by patients as “the best of our best.” Jennifer M. Aebli, certified physician assistant, Geisinger Scranton, received the Christina Appleman Award, given to Geisinger’s advanced practitioner achieving the highest overall care provider score on the patient satisfaction survey. The award is named in honor of Christina Appleman, certified registered nurse practitioner, and is given to the advanced practitioner for achieving the highest overall care provider section score for the system. Providers were identified for the honor by results of patient satisfaction surveys. Clinicians were compared to more than 89,000 providers throughout the country that use Press Ganey surveys. Locally, the 90th percentile Geisinger winners are as follows: Central region Christina Appleman, CRNP, Obstetrics/Gynecology Michael Ashton, M.D., Family medicine Thomas Balz, M.D., Internal medicine Maria Bermudez, M.D., Nephrology Christopher Berry, PA-C, Neurological surgery Thomas Bitterly, M.D., Plastic surgery Rochelle Blue, PA-C, Orthopedic surgery Judith Bianchi Bowser, O.D., Ophthalmology Ion Dan Bucaloiu, M.D., Nephrology Greg Burke, M.D., Internal medicine John Burns, M.D., Gastroenterology Luann Byerly, PA-C, Plastic surgery Ronald Byerly, PA-C, Internal medicine Michelle Cornacchia, M.D., Internal medicine Benjamin Darhun, M.D., Family medicine Anju (Sonia) Dayal, M.D., Internal medicine Lindsay Eisler, M.D., Otolaryngology Jill Elliott, PA-C, Family medicine Halle Ellison, M.D., General surgery Lauren Fabian, PA-C, Gastroenterology Christine Gallagher, O.D., Ophthalmology Jennifer Gallo, PA-C, Plastic surgery William Gianfagna, M.D., Pediatrics Christopher Good, D.O., Cardiovascular disease Sherry Gordner, CRNP, Family medicine Michael Halupa, DDS, Dental medicine Ashley Hashuga, CRNP, Gastroenterology Fred Hess, M.D., Orthopedic surgery, Spine injury Lynn Hunter, CRNP, Obstetrics/Gynecology Patricia Kane, D.O., Pediatrics Christian Kauffman, M.D., Plastic surgery Susannah Kisvarday, M.D., Internal medicine Benjamin Kuhn, D.O., Pediatric gastroenterology Rosemary Leeming, M.D., General surgery Jenna Lindenmuth, PA-C, Orthopedic surgery, Sports medicine Kevin Long, M.D., Colon and rectal surgery Kelly Longenberger Warunek, PA-C, Urgent care Victor James Marks, M.D., Dermatology Michele Maroon, M.D., Dermatology John Matunis, PA-C, Medical oncology Timothy Mccloskey, D.O. Allergy and immunology Shannon McShea, PA-C, Gastroenterology Robert Meloy, M.D., Internal medicine Karen Mettler, CRNP, Orthopedic surgery, sports medicine Fred Miller, M.D., Dermatology Donna Milligan, PA-C, Otolaryngology William Mirenda, M.D., Pediatric orthopedic surgery Christen Mowad, M.D., Dermatology Thad Neidrick, CRNP, Vascular surgery Elyssa Johnson, PA-C, Family medicine Jess Oren, M.D., Cardiovascular disease Matthew Palmer, M.D., Dermatology Rajiv Panikkar, M.D., Medical oncology Ann Patterson, PA-C, Orthopedic surgery, hand surgery Amy Patynski, PA-C, Orthopedic surgery, spine surgery John Arthur Pellegrino, M.D., Family medicine Lauren Peters, PA-C, Orthopedic surgery Mary Petrick, M.D., Dermatology John Quick, M.D., Anesthesiology Marylou Rainone, D.O., General surgery Katherine Raker, CNM, Obstetrics/Gyneology David Rolston, M.D., Internal medicine Dana Rubin, PA-C, Plastic surgery Elizabeth Scott, CRNP, Cardiovascular disease Nicholas Sebes, M.D, Dermatology Mark Seeley, M.D., Orthopedic surgery Keith Shalongo, O.D., Ophthalmology Ashlee Smith, D.O., Gynecological oncology Dennis Smith, M.D., Cardiovascular disease Christopher Still, D. O., Gastroenterology Randle Storm, M.D., Cardiovascular disease Kristina Thornburg, D.O., General surgery Dennis Torretti, M.D., Rheumatology David Troutman, DPM, Podiatry Monisa Wagner, PA-C, Pediatric neurology Diana Whitebread, PA-C, Family medicine Northeast region Christian Adonizio, M.D., Medical oncology Jennifer Aebli, PA-C, Orthopedic surgery Joseph Bannon, M.D., General surgery Barry Bernstein, DPM, Podiatry Stephanie Cabello, M.D., Internal medicine Brooke Casey, PA-C, Plastic surgery Jose Castillo, M.D., Medical oncology Stacy Conway, O.D., Ophthalmology Karla Dalious, PA-C, Urgent care Kelly Dalton, O.D., Ophthalmology Jean Torello Denion, PA-C, Urgent care Kathleen Ercolani, CRNP, Urgent care Seth Fisher, M.D., Cardiovascular disease Harsh Gandhi, M.D., Medical oncology Sean George, D.O., Cardiovascular disease Christopher Holtz, D.O., Pediatrics Ryan Horsley, D.O., General surgery Megan Kelly, PA-C, Urgent care James Klena, M.D., Thoracic surgery Kimberly Kovalick, D.O., Family medicine Michael Kovalick, D.O., Family medicine Gerald Lacey, PA-C, Cardiovascular disease Anja Landis, M.D., Family medicine Melissa Laporte, CRNP, Endocrinology Kara Levandoski, PA-C, Cardiovascular disease Jessica Manzolillo, PA-C, Urgent care Richard Martin, M.D., Family medicine Vernon Mascarenhas, M.D., Cardiovascular disease William Mclaughlin, D.O., Ophthalmology Erin Miller, D.O., General surgery Kathleen Noss, D.O., Pediatrics Hans Olsen, M.D., Orthopedic surgery, sports medicine Lauren Polanin, PA-C, Urgent care Kerri Portanova, PA-C, Urgent care John Prater, M.D., Family medicine Kimberly Reed, PA-C, Gastroenterology Jamian Ryan, D.O., Pediatrics Maria Alexies Samonte, M.D, Pediatrics Justin Tunis, M.D., Orthopedic surgery, sports medicine Daniel Upton, M.D., Ophthalmology Sarah Vidumsky, PA-C, Urgent care Gehred Wetzel, D.O., Obstetrics/Gynecology Diane Whitcomb, CRNP, Urgent care Mary Wolf, PA-C, Medical oncology Christopher Yusko, D.O., Internal medicine Lisa Zimmerman, PA-C, Gastroenterology Southcentral region Anthony Arlotti, M.D., Pediatrics Christina Basonic, CRNP, Cardiovascular David Kann, M.D., Cardiovascular disease Christine Myers, CRNP, Endocrinology Kelli Scurfield, PA-C, General surgery John Snoke, D.O., Family medicine Angela Soto Hamlin, M.D., General surgery Jennifer Still, M.D., Pediatrics Melissa Wolfe, PA-C, Neurology West region Gregory Anderson, M.D., General surgery Jacquelyn Borst, PA-C, Urgent care Paul Brahmakulam, M.D., Pediatrics Mary Callahan, M.D., Family medicine Mona Duncan, M.D., General surgery Joanna Gunnett, CRNP, Pulmonary disease Sheldon Henry, M.D., Cardiovascular disease Stacy Klepeiss, M.D., Dermatology Jennifer Koberna, CRNP, Pediatrics Kimberly Manganaro, M.D., Family medicine Deanna Martin, PA-C, Pediatrics Brett Oesterling, M.D., Family medicine Heather Rimmey, PA-C, Otolaryngology Lorraine Rosamilia, M.D., Dermatology Abbey Solt, PA-C, Family medicine About Geisinger One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. 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