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Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute to present Scranton Half Marathon

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Event to take place April 6, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. – Together with the Scranton Half Marathon Committee and Mayor Christopher Doherty, Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute was announced today as the presenter of the inaugural Scranton Half Marathon on April 6, 2014.

“Mayor Doherty came to us after we partnered with Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) for the monthly Run around Scranton 5K events and said ‘We’ll give you the help you need, let’s give NEPA what they’ve been asking for’, so we just went for it,” said Matt Byrne, owner, Scranton Running Company and Scranton Half Marathon Race Director. “The 13.1-mile half marathon distance has been the most requested distance in our store in recent years, and the Scranton Half Marathon Committee is really excited about the response so far, especially considering it’s the inaugural event.”

The half marathon will showcase downtown Scranton, the new running trail that was a Lackawanna Valley Heritage Association (LVHA) initiative and Scranton’s neighborhoods. Space is limited, as only 2,500 participants will gain entry to the race.

“Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute is committed to setting the standard of excellence for cardiac care in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Russell F. Stahl, M.D., co-director, Heart and Vascular Institute at G-CMC. “We’ve made great strides in implementing innovative procedures and improving patient outcomes, and by presenting this half marathon, we’re encouraging the community to literally take great strides to benefit their cardiac health and overall increased physical fitness.”

“The partnership between Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute, the City of Scranton and the Scranton Running Company brings together three key entities focused on the overall well-being of the community,” said Mayor Doherty. “We’re all looking forward to encouraging our community to embrace healthy lifestyles and exercise practices.”

“We’re hopeful the community will be as enthusiastic about this half marathon as we are about presenting it,” said Stephen J. Voyce, M.D., co-director, Heart and Vascular Institute at G-CMC. “Running a half marathon is both an excellent cardiovascular activity and personal goal. We’re always encouraging people to set goals to improve their cardiovascular health; this half marathon is a great way to get people involved and energized.”

Proceeds from the half marathon will benefit the LVHA trail, and plans to further progress and beautify it.  For more information or to register, please visit www.scrantonhalf.com. 

About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger 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, seven hospital campuses, two research centers and a 448,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

About Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute

Geisinger is a leader in offering the newest and most effective technology breakthroughs in the fight against heart and vascular disorders. The unparalleled collective knowledge and expertise of our staff of specialists ensures that our heart patients receive outstanding care. Geisinger offers preventive, rehabilitative, diagnostic and both nonsurgical and surgical treatments for heart disease, including angioplastybypass surgery and valve repair.  With historically excellent surgical results, Geisinger surgeons are recognized as being among the best and most experienced in the field. Our cardiac surgeons have performed more than 10,000 cardiac operations since Geisinger opened the first open-heart surgical unit in northeastern and central Pennsylvania more than 40 years ago. From repairing congenital heart defects to performing complex procedures for high-risk patients, our team approach follows patients through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. In tandem with your referring physician, you can expect only the highest level of cardiac care at Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute.