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The Wright Center is a non-profit, community-based graduate medical education consortium and safety-net provider of primary care services with a mission is to continuously improve education and patient care in a collaborative spirit to enhance outcomes, access and affordability.

Our organization was founded in 1976 as an Internal Medicine residency program and has blossomed into a robust, nationally-recognized Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC), serving 17,500+ patients annually and training 185+ learners within community venues across America.

We aim to develop culturally competent doctors and integrate mental health, dental services and other specialty services into primary care for a whole-patient approach to care. At the heart of all we do is a strong commitment to graduate medical education, patient and family care and positive regional impact, inclusive of community service and economic growth and development.

The Wright Center for Primary Care clinics in Jermyn, Clarks Summit, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre offer healthcare services for children and adults across northeast Pennsylvania. Our clinics follow the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, a delivery structure where treatment is coordinated through a patient’s primary care physician to ensure necessary care is received when and where they need it.

Every Wright Center for Primary Care location in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties is unique, but at every practice, you will find innovative, team-based healthcare aiming to take into account all aspects of a patient’s physical and mental/behavioral health. Doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and medical support personnel will collaborate with you (and if you like, also with your family) to develop effective healthcare plans that work.

We are welcoming new patients of all ages at all of our locations and accepting all insurance plans, including Medical Assistance, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, CHIP, Medicare and more. We operate as a safety-net provider of care, focused on delivering right-venue, high-quality affordable health services to all regardless of insurance status. If you do not have health insurance and are not eligible for Medical Assistance, you may qualify for our sliding fee scale. Our team is here to help you find the best option for your individual situation.

We are a learning organization and you will see a resident physician when you visit a Wright Center for Primary Care location. A resident physician holds a medical degree and works under the supervision of an attending physician. Your interaction with the resident will help develop them to become the best doctors possible. From time to time, we may ask for feedback about the experience you have had with our doctors and at our clinics. You will have an impact on today’s medical care and the future of medicine so please share your feedback with us when asked.

The Wright Center’s Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry residencies, as well as our Cardiology and Gastroenterology fellowship, were designed to empower residents as innovators and nimble leaders responsive to the needs of the community they serve. Within our non-profit Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium, our trainees are immersed in diverse community venues where they are most needed, increasing their long-term likelihood of working in such settings after completing their training. Our training model follows the national Beyond Flexner movement, focused on training community-minded health professionals as agents of more equitable healthcare.

Our regional residents and fellows train within Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike counties. Strong affiliations with Commonwealth Health System, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Geisinger, as well as multiple regional learning environments including Maternal and Family Health Services, Pike Family Health Center, Rural Health Corporation, Scranton Counseling Center, Scranton Primary Health Care Center and Wayne Memorial Community Health Center allow us to provide diverse, innovative learning environments for trainees.

Our National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR) learners train at 1 of 4 Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) partner sites across the United States. Under our innovative consortium model, the NFMR learners are supported by The Wright Center, the educational infrastructure of AT. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and the osteopathic training support of Still OPTI. Our NFMR learners train at the following FQHC partner sites: El Rio Community Health Center, Tucson, AZ; HealthPoint, Auburn, WA; HealthSource of Ohio, New Richmond, OH; Unity Health Care, Washington, D.C.; and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Portland, OR.

Click here for more details about our residency and fellowship programs.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) continues to recognize the great need for primary care doctors and right-venue healthcare. As a pioneering Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) consortium, The Wright Center serves as a steward of federal resources and encourages residents to actively serve the nation’s underserved patient population. The THCGME program has successfully ignited and leveraged clinical educational environments in numerous community-based venues across the country to deliver competent, public health-minded physician leaders.

Reaffirming its investment in the nationally-significant THCGME initiative that began in 2011, HRSA awarded The Wright Center $17.1 million for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year (FY). The Wright Center has been awarded $65.9 million in continued HRSA funding since the THCGME program began in 2011 and continues to lead local and federal advocacy efforts to promote residency opportunities in community­based settings to address America’s provider shortage, misdistribution and related health disparities.

Click here to learn more about the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education initiative.

The Wright Center has proven itself to be a successful vehicle for responsibly stewarding local and federal funds into our regional economy through workforce production, job opportunities and employee and physician retention. The organization’s finances are organized through The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and The Wright Center Medical Group. The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education received revenues from federal grants, hospital affiliations (residency and fellowship agreements) and reimbursements, IRB and research fees, interest and dividends. The Wright Center Medical Group received supplies and revenues from patient services, grant support, 340B drug pricing and various contributions. At the close of FY2016-17, operations reflected net assets of $11.6M.

The Wright Center’s impact on the economy in northeast Pennsylvania goes beyond payroll and purchasing; it also includes direct and indirect effects. When The Wright Center purchases goods from local suppliers and bolsters partnerships with regional organizations for services like consulting and construction, those businesses, in turn, buy some of what they need from other local companies.

Similarly, The Wright Center’s employees (and the employees of partners and suppliers) spend part of their take-home pay locally for housing, utilities, food, child care, entertainment and other routine household needs. In 2017, $39.9M in value and $69.2M in monetary output was infused into northeast Pennsylvania through spending, housing, utilities, etc., according to calculations by The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

All Wright Center team members also give of their time and talents, participating in at least two community events per year, including charity 5Ks, food pantry drives as well as educational work at senior centers, with a variety of non-profit organizations. The Wright Center also engages an active Auxiliary membership to lead special outreaches, make personal connections with patients and ease hardships. Our Auxiliary holds annual Purse Bingo and Trunk N Treat events, as well as hosts monthly food pantries and distributes gas cards to patients in need throughout the year.

The Wright Center 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 initiatives to improve communication between patients, providers and learners; develop caring physicians who connect with and plant roots within the communities they serve; ensure non-discriminatory, comprehensive healthcare services are accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay; and proactively improve systems in pursuit of the Quadruple Aim— Outcomes, Access, Affordability and Joy.

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