The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, is a non-profit, community-based graduate medical education consortium and safety-net provider of primary care services. Our mission is to improve 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 organization was founded in 1976 as an Internal Medicine residency and has blossomed into a robust, nationally-recognized Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC), serving 19,500+ 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.
is to improve 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.
is to integrate patient care delivery, workforce development and innovation to be the leading model of healthcare in America.
is to be recognized by the President of the United States as THE Health and Human Services (HHS) gold standard community-based model for primary health care with integrated workforce development by June 30, 2027.
Do the right thing
Be privileged to serve
Be an exceptional team player
Strive for excellence
Be driven for great results
The Wright Center for Community Health practices in Jermyn, Clarks Summit, Kingston, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre offer healthcare services for children and adults across Northeastern 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 Community Health location in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties is a unique, community-owned asset 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 a patient does not have health insurance, our team is ready to connect them to health benefits coverage options, including our sliding fee scale. Eligibility for our sliding fee scale is based on family (or household) income and size and provides discount levels for qualifying patients.
We are a learning organization and patients will see a resident physician when visiting a Wright Center for Community Health location. A resident physician holds a medical degree and works under the supervision of an attending physician. Interactions with residents enable them to become the best doctors possible. From time to time, we may ask for feedback about the experience patients have with our doctors and at our clinics.
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residencies, as well as our Cardiovascular Disease and Gastroenterology Fellowships, were designed to empower residents as innovators and nimble leaders responsive to the needs of the community they serve. Learners within our programs are community-oriented and socially responsible agents of change in the graduate medical education landscape. Within our non-profit Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC), our trainees are immersed in diverse community venues where they are most needed, while maintaining a rich national context and understanding of current healthcare trends. 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, 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, Scranton Counseling 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 within four Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) partner sites across the United States. Under our innovative GME-SNC model, the NFMR learners are supported by The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, the educational infrastructure of A.T. 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 and Unity Health Care, Washington, D.C.
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 for Graduate Medical Education 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 for Graduate Medical Education $17.26 million for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year (FY). The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education has been awarded $80.8 million in continued HRSA funding and continues to lead local and federal advocacy efforts to promote residency opportunities in community-based settings to address America’s provider shortage, misdistribution and related health disparities.
The Wright Center for Community Health and its affiliated entity, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, has proven itself to be a nimble, needs-responsive vehicle for responsibly stewarding local and federal funds into our regional economy through workforce production, job opportunities and employee and physician retention. 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 for Community Health received supplies and revenues from patient services, grant support, 340B drug pricing and various contributions.
The organization's proven track record of collaboration and innovation with local and national partners has expanded the impact of our efforts beyond payroll and purchasing; it also includes direct and indirect effects. When we purchase goods from regional suppliers and bolster 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, our 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 2018, $48.4M in value and $81.8M in monetary output was infused into Northeastern Pennsylvania through spending, housing, utilities, etc., according to calculations by The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
All of our team members share in our mission and give their time and talents back to the community, participating in at least two community events per year. The organization also engages an active Auxiliary 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 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 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.
We are not your average non-profit.
From our pioneering leadership all the way down to our community roots, we are constantly looking for ways to reach outside our comfort zone. Here are some of the great things we've been up to lately:
Teaching Health Center
Graduate Medical Education
About the program
The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program is an initiative from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support community-based primary care residencies across the country. The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education is the largest recipient of THCGME funding in the nation; HRSA reaffirmed its investment in the THCGME program in the 2018-19 Fiscal Year, investing an additional $17.26 million into our programs.
HRSA has granted $80.8 million in funding to our organization since the initial award in 2011.
Stakeholders in the national THCGME space, including the American Association of Teaching Health Centers (AATHC), continue to advocate for appropriate levels of federal investment in primary care GME, and plans are in place to expand learning opportunities within our GME-SNC as funding becomes available.
Patient Centered Medical
About the program
Our practices follow the patient-centered medical home model, which focuses on providing comprehensive care in a centralized environment, helping improve access to high-quality primary care services. Our colocated departments allow patients to attend to many of their care needs without having to leave the building and can often be scheduled on the same day.
Additionally, many of our Wright Center for Community Health venues are home to a growing list of partner organizations who provide services to complement our primary care offerings.
About the residency
Established in 2013, our ACGME accredited National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR) provides unique, community-based training environments throughout the nation. Our partners sites in Arizona, Ohio, Washington and Washington, DC host learners and faculty members who share our family medicine curriculum and administrative resources.
Like all of our training opportunities, the NFMR promotes team-based skill sets and develops compassionate 21st century physician leaders, acutely aware of varying socioeconomic determinants of health considerations affecting the patient population served.
Graduate Medical Education
About the consortium
As part of our organization's pursuit of achieving the IHI's quadruple aim: improved health and welfare, comprehensive care, affordability and experiential joy, we operate as a Graduate Medical Education Safety Net Consortium (GME-SNC).
The GME-SNC framework is inspired by Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Teaching Health Center program (THCGME) and immerses resident physicians in community-based environments. The framework provides a unique graduate medical education experience, all build upon an innovative financial foundation.
School-Based Health Centers
About the centers
Our team knows that students perform at their best when they feel their best - that's why we've teamed up with the Scranton School District to help foster healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our school-based health center in West Scranton Intermediate school is open to the community, students and staff and compliments the amazing work of the West Scranton Intermediate school nurses. Our school-based health team also provides services to students at Northeast and South Intermediate Schools.
Each of our school-based locations accept all insurance plans, including Medical Assistance, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, CHIP, Medicare and more.
About our brands
After years of being recognized legally as The Wright Center Medical Group and in the community as The Wright Center for Primary Care, we filed to begin operating and doing business as The Wright Center for Community Health. This name change presented the opportunity for an overall brand refresh, a chance to better represent our comprehensive primary healthcare services and deep commitment to the communities we serve.
Refining the brand of The Wright Center for Community Health also allowed us to pay homage to our deep roots as The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, a now thriving, unique and nationally recognized Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC).
The disciplined, brand-driven process of clarifying the independent, but synergistic, governance and finance structures of our two organizations intensely illuminated the value of our inextricably linked existence and aligned intentions.
Preventive Medicine Series
About the series
Our organization’s Visiting Professor Series helps educate residents, medical staff and faculty on a variety of issues, including tactics for improved self-awareness, community-specific health needs assessments, motivational interviewing and poverty simulation to develop awareness and sensitivity to real issues patients face today.
All sessions are open to medical professionals in the community free of charge. Upcoming visiting professor sessions can be found on our events calendar.
About the clinics
To help our patients navigate around transportation barriers to care, our team of healthcare professionals hosts pop-up clinics throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne counties to provide necessary health screenings, vaccinations and oral health services.
These pop-up clinics are made possible through the generosity of our funders, namely AllOne Foundation and Willary Foundation.
Opioid Use Disorder Center
of Excellence Program
About the program
As one of Pennsylvania’s 46 Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence (OUD-COEs) designated in late 2016 and re-funded again in 2018, we have expanded access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and established necessary social supports for individuals beginning or living life in recovery.
Providers were encouraged to attain their MAT certification, and we grew our team of case managers, certified recovery specialists, social workers and administrative professionals to provide holistic support.
Primary Care Training and
About the program
In addition to Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education funding, the Health Resources and Services Administration also awarded The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education a multi-year Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant in June 2016. This $1.2 million award (to be used over five years) integrates team-based, patient-centered, primary care health professions education to improve access to quality healthcare for underserved populations.
In April 2018, a portion of this grant was used to develop interprofessional workforce skill sets in physician assistants, focusing on the use of medication-assisted treatment to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. We hosted a no-cost, two-day Leadership in MAT Summit for physician assistants. Attendees learned about ethics, advocacy, leadership and best practices for treating opioid addiction.
In early May, our team convened a community roundtable discussion titled “Identifying Inter-Generational Implications and Discovering Cross-Generational Solutions to Our Opioid Epidemic.” The panel, moderated by Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, included several state officials, including Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, and PA Sen. John Blake, as well as representatives from the judicial system, local educational institutions, pharmacies and inpatient treatment centers. The wide-ranging discussion touched on issues often unaddressed or stigmatized, such as opioid misuse among the elderly. In addition, two mothers spoke about the impact addiction has had on their families. They provided their perspectives on what we might do differently as a community to better care for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder.
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Our organization was founded in 1976 as an Internal Medicine residency program and has transformed into a nationwide graduate medical education safety-net consortium focused on patient care delivery and workforce renewal.
We continue to make bold moves and take big steps forward.
President and CEO, Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak honored by Lackawanna Pro Bono with Distinguished Service Award 2019
The Wright Center for Community Health earned NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration2019
The Wright Center for Community Health opened Kingston Practice2019
The Wright Center for Community Health received $998,981 Rural Communities Opioid Response funding from HRSA2019
The Wright Center for Community Health received $1.5M Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant administered by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget and the Wolf Administration2019
The Wright Center for Community Health received $9.5 million in New Market Tax Credits for South Scranton clinical and administrative hub2019
Grace McGrath named first Hometown Scholar sponsored by The Wright Center for Community Health
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education celebrates the accomplishments of 57 residents and fellows at the 2019 Graduation Ceremony and Reception2019
The Wright Center for Community Health approved as a clinical rotation learning environment for medical students at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona 2019
The Wright Center for Community Health designated as a Federally Qualified Look-Alike by HRSA2019
The Wright Center for Community Health Clarks Summit Practice expands footprint and services offerings to include behavioral health2019
Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak named one of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Top 25 Women in Business by the NEPA Business Journal2019
Healthy MOMS collaborative launched through generous funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and AllOne Foundation2018
The Wright Center for Community Health designated as a Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) recipient2018
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education National Family Medicine Residency Received Initial Accreditation from the ACGME2018
Internal Medicine Residency Named Elite Residency Program by the American College of Physicians2018
The Wright Center for Community Health Old River Road Established 2018
The Wright Center for Community Health South Franklin Street Established2018
Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Accredited2018
The Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Begins Seeing Patients 365 Days of the Year2018
ACGME Approval to Merge Osteopathic and Allopathic Family Medicine Programs Under Single Accreditation System (SAS) 2017
ACGME Approval of Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency Under Single Accreditation System (SAS) 2017
Three Wright Center for Community Health Providers Earn Addiction Board-Certification2017
The Wright Center for Community Health School-Based Health Center Established 2017
The Wright Center for Community Health Clarks Summit Named 2017 CMS Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion2017
First Class of Psychiatry Residents Welcomed to The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education2017
The Wright Center for Community Health Begins Addiction and Recovery Services 2016
The Wright Center for Community Health Designated as a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence2016
First Class of National Family Medicine Residency Graduates Celebrated2016
Psychiatry Residency Program Accredited by the ACGME2016
Teaching Health Center Sustainable Growth Rate Repealed 2015
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention Program Partnership with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine2015
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Ambulatory Davies Award Received2015
Begin Engagement with Primary Care Progress (PCP) and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine PCP Chapter2015
Closing the Referral Loop 2015
The Wright Center and The Commonwealth Medical College Form a Memorandum of Understanding2015
Inventory Management System Implemented2015
The Wright Center Joins the Keystone Accountable Care Organization2015
Geriatrics Fellowship Established2014
The Wright Center for Community Health Begins Offering Oral Health Services2014
Selected by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a Top 30 Site for National Innovations2013
Department of Health Challenge Grant Awarded to establish Oral Hygiene and Restorative Dental Services2013
National Family Medicine Residency Welcomes First Class of Learners2013
Regional Family Medicine Lackawanna Program Accredited2013
Regional Family Medicine Luzerne Program Accredited2013
Teaching Health Center Collaborative Partnership Established with Northeast Pennsylvania Community Health Center2012
Teaching Health Center Collaborative Partnership Established with Maternal & Family Health Services2012
National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Level Three Certification Awarded to Mid Valley and Clarks Summit Practices2011
Teaching Health Center Collaborative Partnership Established with Wayne Memorial Community Health Center2011
Teaching Health Center Collaborative Partnership Established with Scranton Primary Health Care Center 2011
Affiliation Established with Veterans Affairs Hospital in Wilkes-Barre2011
Cardiology Fellowship Program Accredited 2011
Teaching Health Center Grant Awarded2010
Scranton-Temple Residency Program Re-Brands as The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education2010
The Wright Center for Community Health Clarks Summit Established2010
Community Health Hub (Board) Established 2010
Osteopathic Internal Medicine Program Established2009
Cardiology Fellowship Program Established2009
Affiliation Established with Geisinger Community Medical Center2008
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) Founded in Scranton, PA2008
ACGME/AOA Site Accreditation Received2001
Original Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Practice (Blue House) Donated to the Residency Program2001
Scranton-Temple Healthcare Center Created1997
Affiliations Created with Moses Taylor Hospital and Mercy Hospital 1980
First 4 Allopathic Internal Medicine Learners Enter Internal Medicine Residency1977
Founded as Scranton Temple Residency Program1976