Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, FACP, FAAP teaches and practices primary care as a dually board certified Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician in her hometown of Archbald. She is a committed advocate of the Patient Centered Medial Home (PCMH) delivery model, promoting patient and community empowerment, constructive consumerism and patient self-management in an environment emphasizing team-based care delivery.
She brings particular expertise linking individual and team-based trainees' educational outcomes with population management and health outcomes to ensure continuous, mutually beneficial care delivery process improvements specifically responsive to population health needs. Her solution-oriented innovations in primary care have been well-recognized organizationally, regionally and nationally, and have also been spread throughout partnering healthcare organizations.
Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, FACP, FAAP is President/CEO of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and The Wright Center Medical Group. She is a board-certified academic Internal Medicine/Pediatrics primary care provider actively practicing and teaching in her Northeast Pennsylvania hometown community classroom. She avidly supports Medical Home delivery and promotes patient-centric, team-based care; meaningful use of enabling health information technology; patient driven agendas and self-management; integrated behavioral/mental health services; and enriched community resource networks.
Dr. Thomas leads The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley, an NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home and thriving inter-professional showcase for primary care workforce development, inclusively collaborating with 12 academic affiliates. She brings particular expertise linking individual and team-based trainees' educational milestones with population management and health outcomes to ensure continuous, mutually beneficial care delivery process improvements specifically responsive to population health needs.
She is passionate about integrating behavioral health screenings into primary care practice and clinical workflow. Since 2010, she has led The Wright Center's engagement as one of the top-performing United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Agency's Garret Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care program participants. To date, The Wright Center has completed more than 4,000 screens within its Mid Valley practice and additional primary care venues (including student health settings serving higher education and medical students). Under her leadership, The Wright Center became a national leader in the GLS Youth Suicide Prevention in Primary Care program due to patient and provider team engagement with notable top leadership commitment, high provider team satisfaction and global acknowledgment of the value of the process.
Her solution-oriented innovations in graduate medical education and primary care have been well-recognized organizationally, regionally and nationally, and have also been spread throughout partnering healthcare organizations. The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley was a leader in Pennsylvania's Chronic Care Initiative and one of 30 practices selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundations' Primary Care Teams: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices initiative.
She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard's Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency and her favorite professional activity is patient care delivery to multi-generation families within her community, optimized by point of care medical education.