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The Wright Center for Community Health’s 2019 Panel Discussion & Dinner


Caring Hearts Event
The third annual Caring Hearts Panel Discussion and Dinner on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Event chair, Clemens Schirmer, MD, Geisinger Neurosurgeon and Director of the Geisinger Stroke Center (center of panel), leads a panel discussion with (from left) Michael Wolk, MD, Medical Director of Allied Services Institute of Rehabilitation Hospital; Lear Von Koch, MD cardiothoracic surgeon; Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, President/CEO, The Wright Center for Community Health; Gregory Weiner, MD, Geisinger Neurosurgeon; Alessandro Smeraldi, MD, Geisinger Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon; and Uzzal Roy, MD, Geisinger Neurologist. Keynote speaker, Charlie Hemak, recently made a full recovery from what could have been a debilitating and devastating stroke.

The Wright Center for Community Health hosted its third annual Caring Hearts Panel Discussion and Dinner on Saturday, April 6 at Genetti Manor, Dickson City. The event, which aimed to build a strong community network for patients and families, as well as generate an informative and educational conversation, was chaired by Clemens Schirmer, MD, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Dr. Schirmer was joined in a panel discussion by Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, The Wright Center for Community Health; Lear Von Koch, MD, Lear Von Koch & Associates; Michael Wolk, MD, Allied Services; Uzzal Roy, MD, Geisinger Community Medical Center; Gregory Weiner, MD, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center; and Alessandro Smeraldi, MD, Geisinger Community Medical Center.

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.

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