March 30, 2019—The Wright Center for Community Health has been designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (FQLA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This designation is a result of the organization’s pursuit of and commitment to providing high-quality, accessible, safety-net healthcare services in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
As detailed by HRSA, FQLAs “ensure health care for the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations through service provision to all, regardless of ability to pay.”
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Though the FQLA designation is new for The Wright Center for Community Health, the organization has long provided healthcare services for underserved individuals and families through its multiple patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. This designation will bring significant federal resources into Northeastern Pennsylvania through appropriate reimbursement rates and enable more of our region’s patients and families to access high-quality healthcare.
“Designation as a HRSA Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike is a monumental achievement for The Wright Center for Community Health. This formal designation will allow us to further deliver our 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. I am honored to lead the inspired team who did the heavy lifting required to attain this designation. Our care teams, administrative staff, board members and learners are incredible testimonies of mission delivery with deep commitment to the communities we serve,” stated Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, CEO, The Wright Center for Community Health.
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The Wright Center for Community Health is slated to expand this summer with the opening of an integrated healthcare delivery and workforce development hub in Scranton’s South Side neighborhood. All patients, regardless of insured status or ability to pay, will be welcome at this new location.