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JERSEY SHORE – With Earth Day approaching, Geisinger and PPL Electric Utilities will be spreading the message of energy efficiency by giving away 7,000 free LED light bulbs to patients, visitors and community members throughout Geisinger’s hospitals. Locally, bulb distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital, 1020 Thompson St.

This is the first year that PPL has partnered with Geisinger to provide the LED bulbs to every Geisinger hospital campus in Pennsylvania. In 2018, the two organizations partnered to hand out 2,000 bulbs at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

“LED bulbs last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and are also much cheaper to operate,” said Jodi Hoffman, a key account manager for PPL. “Switching out your old bulbs with LEDs is just one way you can save energy and money. It’s good for you and good for the planet.”

Geisinger continues to make upgrades to its facilities throughout Pennsylvania to minimize environmental impacts. At GJSH, new LED lightings have been installed and new, energy-efficient chillers have been installed, which have reduced energy costs. Elsewhere, solar panels have been installed on the roof of both Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville and at Geisinger’s Catawissa Clinic in Columbia County. The health system also houses a co-generation plant, which has decreased pollutants and achieved more than $2 million in annual savings.

Geisinger has received numerous awards for its environmental-friendly projects, including “Energy to Care Award” and “Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters.”

“As a healthcare provider, we’re not only invested in healthy patients but a healthy community and environment,” said Mike Gerrity, energy manager for Geisinger. “Geisinger continues to look at unique opportunities to work with our communities to minimize the negative impact we all have on the health of our environment.”

To learn more about Geisinger’s cogeneration plant and for figures on “green” initiatives, visit https://www.geisinger.org/about-geisinger/environmental-impact