Geisinger 's PrayerNet website offers patient support
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System recently relaunched its PrayerNet website, an online community offering patients and their families comfort, support and prayer.
With PrayerNet, it’s easy for patients to request prayer, share their prayer request with loved ones around the world and pray for others, Geisinger said in a press release.
The website is available to patients through the in-room interactive patient system at Geisinger Medical Center, and on computer and mobile devices to patients throughout the health system.
The relaunch of PrayerNet was funded by Shamokin area philanthropist and former Geisinger board member Don Rosini and his family. Rosini’s final request upon retiring from the Geisinger board last year was that PrayerNet be redesigned to meet the spiritual and technological needs of all Geisinger patients.
Mary Tiffin, Geisinger’s PrayerNet administrator, was delighted at Rosini’s gift. “Having Don champion PrayerNet was a huge blessing,” Tiffin said at a recent luncheon held in Rosini’s honor. “His genuine concern and selflessness toward our hospitals and communities is invaluable.”
Tiffin is a familiar face at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, and is often found going room to room to speak to patients and their families about PrayerNet. For Tiffin, PrayerNet is personal. She originally founded the website more than 10 years ago to honor the memory of her late husband and to provide others with the same hope, comfort and support of prayer she and her family received during that time.
“Thanks to Mary and Don’s vision and tenacity, thousands of patients have the opportunity to receive spiritual support from a network of people around the world,” said Tom Sokola, chief administrative officer, Geisinger Medical Center. “PrayerNet allows us to take care of the whole patient, not just their physical wellbeing and healing, but also their spirits.”
“When the website was first launched 10 years ago, we had as many as 5,000 patients requesting and receiving prayer from people in 80 countries,” said Tiffin. “With the new and improved website, designed to mimic the ease of use provided through popular social media channels such as Facebook, we hope to surpass that number.”
PrayerNet is free and is nondenominational and respectful of patient and family privacy, Geisinger said. Users can choose to share their story publicly or share only with a select group of friends and family.
To request prayer or to pray for someone in need, visit www.geisinger.org/prayernet.