Sen. Blake Statement on Geisinger and TCMC Partnership

SCRANTON, September 28, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the announcement that Geisinger Health System will acquire The Commonwealth Medical College:

“Today’s announcement of the partnership between Geisinger Health Systems and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) represents one of the most significant developments in our regional health care industry in recent memory.

I applaud Geisinger president and CEO, Dr. David Feinberg; TCMC president and Dean, Dr. Steven Scheinman; and the Boards of Directors for both of these wonderful institutions for their shared vision and their recognition of the compatibility of their missions. This collaboration holds endless possibilities for the future of health care in Lackawanna County and indeed throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The prospect for increased investment in research and in clinical and academic enhancements at the new Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College (GCMC) will be transformative. In addition, GCMC can look with great confidence toward future accreditation processes. I am certain that this partnership will make the City of Scranton a national leader in medical research and health care.

I look forward to continuing to build on the strong partnership between state government and the new Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College.”

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