Scranton, Pennsylvania—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.”
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.
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.
Executive Leadership team members gather for a photo following the announcement of FQLA designation.
(L-R): Suzanne Fletcher, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, The Wright Center for Community Health; Jennifer Walsh, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education; Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, CEO, The Wright Center for Community Health; Jignesh Sheth, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The Wright Center for Community Health.
About The Wright Center for Community Health:
The Wright Center for Community Health provides healthcare services for children and adults through a Patient-Centered Medical Home model, a welcoming setting in which a patient’s healthcare team, led by a single trusted provider, works collectively to coordinate care and meet physical and mental health needs. Our team focuses on innovations to make primary care more efficient, effective and satisfying to patients and providers. The Wright Center for Community Health practices are located in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Clarks Summit and Jermyn. Additional locations in Luzerne and Lackawanna County will open in 2019. To learn more, visit www.thewrightcenter.org.
About the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA):
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. To learn more, visit www.hrsa.gov.