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Joanne E. Wade selected to speak at Scranton Chamber’s Women’s Network

Luncheon, lecture scheduled for April 16 

22SCRANTON, Pa. – Joanne E. Wade, executive vice president, strategic program development, Geisinger Health System, has been chosen to speak at the Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Network Luncheon on Wednesday April 16 at noon at the Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit.

Celebrating 20 years of “Strong Women Leading Today,” the Scranton Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the luncheon and lecture, during which Wade will call upon her leadership experience prior to and following her joining Geisinger in 2001.

“Being invited to speak to a group of likeminded women focused on successful entrepreneurship and business development is an honor unlike any,” said Wade. “I hope that my past experience and insight into successful health care management and strategic development can help inspire women in attendance to continue seeking opportunities for growth in our area.”

In her position at Geisinger, Wade oversees the system’s major strategic initiatives with a focus on quality, innovation and market expansion. She also manages the business units of Strategy and Business Development, the research enterprise (Sigfried and Janet Weis Research Center, the Geisinger Center for Health Research and the Center for Clinical Studies) and Geisinger Ventures (a portfolio of entrepreneurial companies). Previously, Wade also held the interim position of chief administrative officer for Geisinger’s clinical enterprise, which encompasses Geisinger Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Northeast.

Prior to joining Geisinger, Wade, a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station N.J., and Boston University, held countless executive leadership positions, including tenures at the University of Chicago and Deaconess Professional Practice Group and New England Deaconess Hospital, both in Boston.

Established in 1867, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is the largest business network in northeastern Pennsylvania, with over 2,000 member companies representing all varieties of businesses. In addition to traditional Chamber services, such as networking, referrals and cost-saving programs, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce is also the parent organization to a number of affiliates.

The purpose of the Greater Scranton Women’s Network is to facilitate networking and provide a relationship-building platform for women in the greater Scranton business community. Luncheons are held the third Wednesday of each month from September to May. The cost is $20 for members of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and $30 for non-members.

About Geisinger Health System

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, eight hospital campuses, two research centers and a 450,000-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, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.