Our namesake founder gave us the Wright start
The Wright Center was founded in 1976 as the Scranton-Temple Residency Program. Pioneering physician Dr. Robert E. Wright, a native of Archbald, Pennsylvania, led the startup and rallied community support. Dr. Wright and other early proponents of the physician training program were especially interested in developing doctors who would choose to practice locally. These community leaders foresaw the coming challenge in filling the slots of retiring physicians in Northeast Pennsylvania.
The residency program welcomed its first students on July 1, 1977. Its inaugural class consisted of six internal medicine physicians. In the decades since those trainees graduated in 1980, the program has blossomed into the largest U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Safety Net Consortium in the nation. In 2010, the Scranton-Temple Residency Program’s board of directors voted to rename the organization in Dr. Wright’s honor. Read more about Dr. Wright and his still-unfolding legacy.