Letter to the editor: Celebrate dedication of doctors

March 30, National Doctors’ Day, is a tribute to the men and women who devote their lives to caring for the medical needs of patients in their communities.

In 1915, when the George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital opened in Danville, Harold Leighton Foss, M.D., was the first surgeon and chief of staff. His duties included caring for typhoid patients, delivering babies, performing surgeries and even helping to drive the ambulance.

It was on that level of dedication that Geisinger Health System was founded, and that dedication is still evident in our physicians today.

As we celebrate the 100 year-anniversary of Geisinger Health System, we think back to how we evolved from a single, 63-bed rural hospital into an expansive health system made up of nine hospital campuses, a 1,200-member multi-specialty group practice, two research centers and a health plan.

Our doctors serve more than 3 million residents in 48 counties in Pennsylvania.

National Doctors’ Day is the perfect opportunity for us to express our gratitude. After all, we wouldn’t be where we are today without each and every one of them.

Wherever you receive your medical care, please join with us in thanking all physicians for the tremendous work they do.

John Pagnotto


The writer is regional medical director for Geisinger Health System.