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Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the debut of The Wright Center for Community Health’s new North Pocono Practice


The Wright Center for Community Health cut a ceremonial ribbon on Sunday, April 24 marking the opening of its new North Pocono Practice in Lackawanna County’s Covington Township, 260 Daleville Highway. Participating in the ribbon cutting, from left, are Frank J. Ruggiero, Lackawanna County solicitor; Ronald Donati; Scott Koerwer, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Wright Center; Jerry Notarianni, commissioner, Lackawanna County; Robert Bastek, police chief, Covington Township; Ron Daniels, chief financial officer, Wright Center; Amanda Turoni, board-certified nurse practitioner; Wright Center; LeeAnn Eschbach, board member, Wright Center for Community Health; Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO; Wright Centers for Community Health and Medical Education; Richard Krebs, board member, Wright Center for Community Health; Gerard Geoffroy, board chairperson, Wright Center for Community Health; William Waters, board vice chairperson, Wright Center for Community Health; Thomas Glaser, associate vice president, grant operations, Wright Center; Dr. Jumee Barooah, designated institutional officer, Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education; Joseph Sileo, senior vice president; Wright Center; Sheila Ford, associate vice president, clinical quality and patient safety, Wright Center; Kellie Knesis, vice president, Wright Center; and Tiffany Jaskulski, chief operating officer, Wright Center. 

An open house program and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 24 marked the debut of The Wright Center for Community Health’s new North Pocono Practice in Lackawanna County’s Covington Township, marking another milestone in the organization’s development and introducing area residents to the clinic’s many primary care services.

The practice, which began serving patients Monday, April 25 is located at 260 Daleville Highway, Suite 103, in the North Pocono 502 Professional Plaza. It is open four days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

To celebrate the clinic’s launch, The Wright Center invited the public to tour the facility and learn more about the expanding nonprofit health care organization that serves patients regardless of their income or insurance status. 

Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, and other employees and board members snipped a ribbon during the celebratory event, which featured local officials and dignitaries. Attendees included Covington Township Police Chief Robert Bastek, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni and Lackawanna County Solicitor Frank J. Ruggiero.

“The Wright Center is proud and privileged to be able to offer this resource to the North Pocono community, making our nondiscriminatory primary health services accessible close to home for residents of Covington Township, Moscow Borough and all of the communities within the North Pocono School District,” Thomas-Hemak said before the ribbon cutting. “The Wright Center’s commitment to reaching traditionally underserved populations and to being responsive to community needs is what brought us here today.”

The practice will treat patients of all ages. Its newly renovated clinical space includes six exam rooms, as well as a separate treatment area for sick visits – a space designated for caring for individuals coping with COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

Located southeast of Scranton, the new clinic will allow The Wright Center to better assist patients who live in the territory served by the North Pocono School District, including the communities of Moscow Borough and Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Jefferson, Madison, Roaring Brook, Spring Brook and Thornhurst townships.

To make an appointment at the North Pocono Practice, go to TheWrightCenter.org or call 570.591.5150.

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