Annual Report 2017 Annual Report - Page 22

On the Horizon As proud as we are of our successes this past year, all high-performing healthcare organizations must always be working toward larger goals. In July 2018, we will welcome 72 learners into our programs, once again earning us the designation as the largest Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) consortium in the nation. Although the THCGME program and legislation received notable bi-partisan support and was re-funded at sustainable levels in 2017, our work is far from done. Our Wright Center team members, along with partners from the American Association of Teaching Health Centers (AATHC), will continue to lobby on a national level for long-term continuation of the THCGME program. We hope, in years to come, the THCGME program and The Wright Center’s training model can be a catalyst for a larger conversation surrounding the evolution of our American healthcare delivery and medical educational systems as a whole. Our well-established Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC) model in the national space continues to deliver validating and clarifying testimony of the consortium’s value impact. Our National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR) GME-SNC, fueled by shared purpose of addressing our national physician shortage, misdistribution and related health disparities, has effectively stretched the existing boundaries and geographic constraints of traditional GME operations and accreditation. We are in active pursuit of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee for Family Medicine (ACGME RRC-FM) single accreditation and are hopeful for accreditation approval in 2018. The stage is set for expansion of primary care services for children and adults in Luzerne County. Through a partnership with Children’s Service Center, as well as regionally-recognized family medicine physician Dr. Joseph Anistranski who has served the Wyoming Valley for more than 30 years, two new Wright Center for Primary Care clinics will be established to effectively expand our organizational geographic footprint across the region and become learning environments for family medicine residents in early 2018. The Wright Center continues to be an active member within the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE), an innovative technology infrastructure revolutionizing the coordination of care between providers, health plans and patients in Pennsylvania, with some of our team members holding leadership roles. KeyHIE is one of the oldest and largest health information exchanges in the U.S., backed by 100 years of healthcare innovation and serving nearly 4 million patients in Pennsylvania. KeyHIE is empowering entire communities to stay healthy by helping them own their healthcare experience and have easier access to patient care records. Through our involvement with KeyHIE and continued patient education about the accessibility of our own secure Wright Center patient portal, we will look to find additional ways to harness technology to engage patients in their healthcare in 2018. Administratively, our team has grown at an astonishing rate, so much so that we moved to a larger office space in downtown Scranton in 2017. This move will not be our administrative team’s last as we are finalizing plans for a new, integrated clinical, learning and administrative environment in Scranton that will serve as a Patient- Centered Medical Home and Health Hub within northeast Pennsylvania. This newly-established clinical space will house our primary care, behavioral health and infectious disease teams, as well as our family medicine residents and administrative staff in deliberate steps toward our organization’s ultimate goal of providing top-notch patient care and education in an integrated environment. We are actively exploring public and private funding opportunities with regional representatives and partners. In 2018, we plan to formalize all details to ensure this space really shines as a clinical and educational showcase to most effectively deliver our mission and serve our northeast Pennsylvania community. Respective of our governing boards’ strategic, mission-driven directives and under the mentorship of Entrepreneurial Operating System expert Hank O’Donnell, our Executive Leadership Team took on the task in 2017 of defining our 10, 3 and 1-year organizational vision and goals. We look forward to the promise of 2018 as we actively pursue The Wright Center’s ten-year target: to be recognized by the President of the United States as THE Health and Human Services (HHS) gold standard, community-based model for primary healthcare and workforce development by June 30, 2027.