The Wright Center for Community Health Appoints New Assistant Chief Medical Officer

William Dempsey, M.D., family medicine physician and Medical Director at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Clarks Summit Practice, 1145 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp., has been appointed Assistant Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Dempsey joined The Wright Center in 2014, overseeing the expansion of pediatric services at the Clarks Summit Practice. A faculty member and Associate Program Director for our Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Dempsey also provides comprehensive primary care services for entire families and is Medication-Assisted Treatment-waivered to treat Substance Use Disorder.

In this new role, Dr. Dempsey will provide support to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jignesh Sheth with all clinical service lines, including inpatient, outpatient primary care and specialty services. Dr. Dempsey will also support oversight of clinical facilities management, review the clinical operations process, and work closely with clinical leads for all sites. This position ensures that The Wright Center’s mission and goals are consistently met to serve and improve patient care.

Additionally, Dr. Dempsey will supervise physicians and medical directors across all clinical locations and facilitate participation in quality initiatives while also implementing and evaluating procedures, processes and protocols to support the organization’s goals and objectives of quality of care, resident education and sharing of best practices according to the tenants of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model. Dr. Dempsey will review and provide feedback to medical directors and clinic managers to improve patient satisfaction survey scores; collaborate with nurse managers to enhance nurse-clinician relationships; and support physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant recruitment.

“To truly care for patients and to be effective in establishing wellness and curing illness, we have to treat the whole patient. This includes caring for them physically, emotionally and spiritually,” Dr. Dempsey said of his patient-care philosophy. “I’m honored to accept this role and share my decades of experience with our expansive care teams to further our mission.” Dr. Dempsey earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Scranton and graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital Center and returned to Scranton to work in private practice with the Lackawanna Medical Group until 1992. He served as medical director of WorkMed for Occupational Health until 1994, then became an emergency department staff physician at Community Medical Center in Scranton. In 2010, he joined PrimeMed Medical Group in Wilkes-Barre. Dr. Dempsey previously worked as Medical Director of Community Life Support Ambulance Services in Clarks Summit; Director of the Human Performance Lab at Marywood University; Director of Primecare Correctional Care in Pittston; and as the athletic team physician for Lackawanna College and Marywood University.

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