Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright Announces $1.2 million in HHS Funds for Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

Jun 20, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a grant worth $1,248,681 over five years ($249,866 distributed in FY 2016 and similar amounts in each of the next four years) to The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.

The Wright Center provides medical residency training for primary care physicians in northeastern Pennsylvania and across the country through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Teaching Health Center (THC) initiative.  The THC initiative addresses physician workforce shortages—particularly in rural and inner-city areas—misdistribution of resources, and escalating health care disparities in the U.S.

“Access to quality health care is a basic need and a right, but some residents of northeastern Pennsylvania are still underserved,” said Cartwright.  “This funding will help The Wright Center to continue to train physicians to understand the unique needs of underserved populations and to deliver the care needed for everyone to live healthy lives.”

The Wright Center is excited by the possibilities this grant brings.  “Our residency programs were designed to empower residents as nimble leaders in an ever-changing health care system.  As grateful recipients of this federal funding, we will continue to address the physician shortage and immerse our trainees in community venues where they are most needed,” said Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, President/CEO, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.

The Wright Center is a non-profit organization recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as the largest Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education consortium in the country.  Physicians trained in THCs are twice as likely to practice in underserved areas, as compared to those not trained in THCs.

Rep. Matt Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Schuylkill County and portions of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, and Northampton Counties.  Cartwright serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.