Misericordia University recently appointed William C. Reed and Linda Thomas-Hemak to its Health Care Advisory Council. Reed is executive vice president, partner and director of the Huntzinger Management Group of Moosic. Thomas-Hemak is chief executive officer of The Wright Center for Community Health and president of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education of Scranton.
As a partner of The Huntzinger Management Group, Reed helps direct a strategic and management consulting company that specializes in health care information management. Overall, Reed has more than 40 years of professional health care experience with providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies in for-profit and nonprofit settings. An author and frequent presenter on various health care issue, he has operated in business settings ranging from chief information officer for various sized provider and payer organizations, to chief operating officer for a billion-dollar, multi-site organization, to president and chief executive officer of a national health and wellness start-up company.
A Moosic resident, Reed has a strong track record of developing effective teams, identifying and implementing positive solutions for complex situations, directing efficient operations, and has had active involvement with numerous merger and acquisition initiatives.
Prior to joining Huntzinger, Reed was the health sector leader for Bloomberg Government, an information portal service. He also served as executive vice president for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) and president and CEO of BCNEPA’s AllOne Health Group, Inc., a business diversification subsidiary. In addition, he has held numerous management positions in health care provider organizations, including senior vice president of Chronicare and distribution services for Olsten Health Services, a national provider of alternate site health care services, and senior vice president of operations and chief information officer of Quantum Health Resources, and Geisinger Health System.
Reed received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drexel University, his Master of Science in computer science from Rutgers University, and his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University. He also was the recipient of the John E. Gall, Jr., Chief Information Officer of the Year Award in 1995. In 2010, he was selected as one of the top 50 people who have influenced the development and growth of healthcare information and management systems. He is also active in many professional and civic organizations. He has been a director and officer in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Healthcare Information Systems Executives Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Great Valley Technology Alliance, the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative, the Diamond City Partnership and more.
An Archbald native and Jermyn resident, Thomas-Hemak is a triple board-certified internal medicine, pediatrics and addiction medicine primary care physician, and medical educator who practices and teaches medicine, concurrent with her responsibilities as an executive. She serves The Wright Center for Community Health as chief executive officer and The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education as president. She returned to northeast Pennsylvania in 1998 to practice primary care and joined The Wright Center in 2000. She became program director for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s internal medicine residency in 2007 and president in 2012. In 2007, she also became president of The Wright Center Medical Group, now doing business as The Wright Center for Community Health, a 2019 Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike organization designed by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
As president, Thomas-Hemak has led The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s notable regional and national expansion that has enabled it to become the largest HRSA-funded Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (THC GME-SNC) in America. She was instrumental in creation of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s pioneering National Family Medicine Residency that addresses the national shortage and misdistribution of physicians and related health disparities. Under her leadership, all training programs have successful accreditation status within the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (AC-GME) Single Accreditation System. The National Family Medicine Residency has also recently received the AC-GME’s Initial Osteopathic Recognition. She oversees the well-accredited cardiology fellowship and has also led the recent establishment of a community based, AC-GME accredited psychiatry residency, and fellowships in geriatrics, gastroenterology and nephrology in direct response to regional health ne.
Thomas-Hemak graduated as a Michael DeBakey Scholar from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed Harvard’s Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency in Boston, Massachusetts. She was a founding board member of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and is a current board member of the Institute of Public Policy and Economic Development, the Northeast Area Health Education Center and the Behavioral Health Research Institute. In 2019, she also was elected to the Misericordia University Board of Trustees.
The Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council, comprised of regional leaders in health care education, administration and practice, presents the annual Health Care Symposium to address timely issues involving access and delivery of high-quality health care across the country. The 11th annual Health Care Symposium on Friday, Oct. 9 will address the future of health care as seen through the national policies of Democrats and Republicans with keynote speaker Jeff Goldsmith, the president of Health Care Futures in Maryland. For more information, visit misericordia.edu/symposium/healthevent.
The Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council also names the recipient of the annual Excellence in Health Care Award, which is given to an alumnus of Misericordia who has made significant and profound achievements in the field of health care. It is awarded to caregivers and those who have advanced the field through medical research, executive leadership, healing arts or scientific discovery. Kathy Soracco Magee, a member of the Class of 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in nursing, received the inaugural award. She is the co-founder and president of Operation Smile. Susan F. Sordoni, a 1968 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, was recognized in 2019 for being the founder and volunteer at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Wilkes-Barre. The clinic provides free medical, dental and behavioral health care to low-income patients in Luzerne County who have no access to public or private health insurance.