The Wright Center Welcomes New Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Lisa Baumann, a program development and grant-writing strategist with 25 years of experience, has been named Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Wright Center for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education.

Before joining the Wright Center, Baumann was president and owner of Community Health Consulting, and served as director of Competitive Grants and Foundation Relations as well as Community Benefit and Partnerships for Geisinger Health Foundation and Geisinger Health Plan, Danville.

In her new position, Baumann will lead The Wright Center’s grants and development teams as they identify, secure and steward funds from federal, state and private programs and foundations via strategic relation-building with community partners and stakeholders. Baumann will also be responsible for directing Wright Center programs bolstered by this financial pipeline.

“I’m excited to be part of The Wright Center and further my work in community health. For more than 40 years, the Wright Center has served as an essential community provider, demonstrating an altruistic focus on positively impacting the health and welfare of the community it serves,” Baumann explained. “The Wright Center’s reputation for being responsive to the identified needs of the community through innovative solutions is inspirational to me.

“Lisa is a most welcome addition to our team,” said Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., Wright Center president and CEO. “Her extensive background in advancing initiatives at the local, state and national level, including her successful track record of identifying, soliciting and stewarding funds from government agencies, corporations and foundations, shows she is ideally poised to build on the foundation we have laid as we continue to grow within the communities we serve and expand into new regions.”   Baumann earned her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Scranton and her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Indiana University. She and her husband, Dr. Christopher Baumann, reside in Scranton.

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