Contributing to the regional economy
For more than 45 years, The Wright Center has been healing, teaching and discovering with one purpose in mind: improving the health and welfare of our community through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve.
Our commitment to the region transcends the walls of our clinical locations and learning environments by spurring economic growth and development in our surrounding environs. In addition to delivering high-quality, safety-net healthcare services to residents in need; training doctors who are interested in making a genuine difference in the communities they serve; and stepping up as a vital element in the region’s emergency response plans, we are strong drivers of the local economy.
We play a vital role in improving the fiscal health of our community through jobs, capital improvements, and the purchase of goods and services. We’re also among the larger employers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
In addition, we are proud to serve as a successful vehicle for responsibly stewarding local, state and federal funds into the regional economy through workforce development, job opportunities and employee and physician retention efforts. As a non-profit, safety-net community health center, we are on the receiving end of financial revenues from local, state and federal grants, hospital affiliations (residency and fellowship agreements) and reimbursements, IRB and research fees, interest and dividends, patient services, 340B drug pricing and various contributions.
Our impact on the economy in Northeastern Pennsylvania goes beyond payroll and purchasing. It also includes direct and indirect community benefits.
In 2019, $55 million in value and $93.3 million in monetary output was infused into Northeastern Pennsylvania through employee spending, housing, utilities, etc., according to The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
In addition, we generated over $8.95 million in federal taxes and $3.85 million in state and local taxes.
All of our team members also give of their time and talents, participating in at least two community events per year, including food pantries, blood drives and volunteer work with a variety of local non-profit organizations. We also have an active Patient and Community Engagement Council (PCE) that leads outreach and makes personal connections with patients to ease hardships, financial and otherwise. The PCE holds community food drives, coat giveaways, distributes gas cards and serves any patient in need.
Our organization is governed by engaged, community board members, including patients, representatives from educational institutions and community partners, local business professionals and medical providers to ensure effective oversight to uphold the public trust. Our board members are focused on improving communication between patients, providers and learners; developing caring physicians who connect with and plant roots within the communities they serve; ensuring non-discriminatory, comprehensive healthcare services are accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay; and proactively improving systems in pursuit of the Quadruple Aim: Outcomes, Access, Affordability and Joy.