Keynote speaker Charlie Hemak shared a powerful, yet lighthearted patient perspective with event attendees. Charlie recently experienced what could have been a debilitating and devastating stroke. Fortunately, he received coordinated care from Geisinger Wyoming Valley and The Wright Center for Community Health and has made a full recovery.
Through sponsor support, the event raised funds for The Wright Center for Community Health’s “Driving Better Health Initiative” to help patients and their families overcome care gaps, specifically lack of transportation.
Sponsors included: Aetna Better Health of PA, Allied Services Integrated Health System, Center City Print, Children’s Service Center, Community Bank, N.A., Everon Electrical Contractors, Inc., Ferrario Real Estate Development, Fidelity Bank, Health Network Laboratories, Harrold’s Pharmacy, Knowles Associates, Lackawanna and Luzerne Medical Societies, Lamar Advertising, Revolution Ice Centre, Sprint Print Marketing Products, Times Shamrock Communications, Traditional Home Health Care, Women Writers in Medicine and Woodforest National Bank.
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 with a mission 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.
The Wright Center for Community Health provides healthcare services for children and adults through a Patient-Centered Medical Home model, a welcoming setting in which a patient’s healthcare team, led by a single trusted healthcare provider, works collectively to coordinate care and meet physical and mental health needs. The Wright Center for Community Health’s team is focused on innovations to make primary care more efficient, effective, affordable and satisfying to patients and providers. The Wright Center for Community Health’s clinics are located in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston, Clarks Summit and Jermyn.
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. Each year, nearly 200 residents and fellows 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. To date, more than 800 physicians practicing all across the country have completed their medical training with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.