Geisinger health system

Pagnotto named new regional director

STATE COLLEGE – John Pagnotto, primary care physician and hospitalist, has been named regional medical director for Geisinger Medical Groups in Centre, Huntingdon, Clinton, Juniata and Mifflin counties. As regional medical director, Pagnotto is responsible for the development and expansion of clinical programs and facilities in this region of Geisinger Health System.

Pagnotto joined Geisinger in 1997 as an associate in family medicine, practicing at Geisinger-Scenery Park. He was appointed department director of the Geisinger clinics in Mifflin and Juniata counties in 2007. In addition to a primary care practice at Geisinger-Lewistown, Pagnotto works as a hospitalist at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, is the hospice medical director for Home Nursing Agency in Mifflin County and the team physician for the Mifflin County School District football team.

Pagnotto received his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. He is board certified in family medicine and is certified in hospice and palliative care medicine. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and is pursuing his MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

He resides in State College with his wife, Laurie, a kindergarten teacher with the State College School District. Their daughter, Christa, just completed her master’s degree at Penn State in special education, and their son, Mike, is a senior at PSU studying health policy.

Healthy workplace, lifestyles recognized

DANVILLE – The National Business Group on Health, a nonprofit association of large U.S. employers, recognized Geisinger Health System with its 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging employees and families to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles. Geisinger was among 63 United States employers to receive the award.

Geisinger received the gold award, given for making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs that support employees’ healthy lifestyle goals, for the third consecutive year in recognition of its employee wellness programming.

“At Geisinger, it is our firm belief that a healthy workforce is a more productive, but more importantly, a much happier workforce,” said Amy Brayford, chief human resource officer of Geisinger Health System. “We are proud to be recognized for our efforts on behalf of our employees and their families because it affirms our commitment to the health, happiness and wellbeing of our employees as a top priority throughout our organization.”

Geisinger started its employee wellness program in 2006. It aims to motivate Geisinger family members to be active partners in achieving healthy lifestyles.

“Employer interest in wellness and health improvement programs continues to grow nationwide, especially as more and more organizations see the business value these programs can deliver,” said LuAnn Heinen, vice president of the National Business Group on Health, who has overseen the awards program since its inception. “This year’s honorees, including eight first-time winners, are clearly leading the way and should be proud of their efforts to build a healthier workplace and workforce. We congratulate all of them for their creativity, commitment and dedication.”

The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only nonprofit membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues, while being the voice for large employers on national health care issues.