PCT-LEAP Project at Mid Valley

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The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP)

The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley (WCPC-Mid Valley) is among 30 clinics nationwide selected as an Exemplar Primary Care Practice by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute, who have teamed up on a new initiative to identify practice innovations that make primary care more efficient, effective, and satisfying to patients and providers.

The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project identifies primary care practices that have focused on teamwork and new roles for health professionals in ways that support consistently outstanding primary care. WCPC-Mid Valley was selected through a rigorous national process to receive the designation.


“We are proud of how the Mid Valley practice has evolved over the past decade from a traditional, small town, one doc practice to a thriving multi-provider medical home delivery and inter-professional primary care workforce development center that includes nursing, care management, social work, and Wilkes University’s behavioral/mental health providers and pharmacists. Our medical home journey to Level 3 NCQA certification was rooted in authentic implementation of the Chronic Care delivery model and EMR Meaningful Use. As the founder of the practice, I am so proud of our never ending journey toward becoming an ideal, learning primary medical care delivery, education and employment organization,” said Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, President/CEO of The Wright Center. She adds that The Wright Center currently engages in 13 clinical training affiliations with regional academic institutions as well as partnerships with many community resource agencies.

About PCT-LEAP and Mid Valley

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LEAP site visits as of June 10, 2013

The goal of the LEAP project is to identify and share innovative staffing arrangements that make primary care more accessible and effective for patients. A LEAP team conducted a three-day site visit to understand how the WCPC-Mid Valley primary care team delivers high quality, patient-centered health care. The 30 exemplar practices from across the country have been joined together in a learning community to share best practices and distill their innovations into training and technical assistance materials that can be used by others. 

WCPC-Mid Valley will be influential in developing creative workforce models that will be disseminated to primary care practices nationwide. The Mid Valley practice cares for 6,500 patients annually, many of whom are members of multi-generational families and range in age from newborns to the very elderly. The medical staff includes physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with expertise in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Mental Health. Most recently, WCPC-Mid Valley added a dental service line to help address the dental needs in the community. The practice also prides itself on same-day access and safety net services for patients from all walks of life.

Emerging Leaders at The Wright Center

Recognizing the increasing importance of team-based primary care for the effective and efficient delivery of care, the Robert Wood Johnson Emerging Leaders Program aims to accelerate the development of talented primary care staff who can positively impact their practice organizations and community, serving as spokespeople and exemplars for others in similar roles. We are absolutely thrilled to announce Patti Swierbinski, Medical Assistant at The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid-Valley has been selected a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Emerging Leader. Click here to learn more about this national award.