Geisinger shortens name, nixes all drinks with sugar

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System is shortening its name to Geisinger and plans to eliminate all sugary beverages from its facilities by Jan. 1, according to The Daily Item.

The decision to cut sweetened drinks comes from the number of health problems that are avoidable by eliminating such beverages from one's diet. Copious consumption of sweetened drinks is linked to increased levels of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other ailments.

Geisinger spokesman Joseph Stender III said the name change is an attempt to unify the system's various facilities under a simplified brand.

"Geisinger is a growing organization that serves patients and members throughout two-thirds of Pennsylvania and into New Jersey. The Geisinger name is well-respected throughout our service area and beyond, and represents quality, value, caring and innovation," Mr. Stender wrote in a statement. "It's with this in mind that it was decided to simplify the organization's name from Geisinger Health System to simply Geisinger. This move also unites all of our departments, entities and facilities under one name as one Geisinger family."

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