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An affiliate of Commonwealth Health, InterMountain Medical Group PC, is one of the area’s largest multi-specialty group practices, representing over 50 physicians at 30 locations throughout the Greater Wyoming Valley. Headquartered in Plains, PA, the group is comunity-minded and has been a solid supporter of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine since its inception.

InterMountain Medical Group invested in Geisinger Commonwealth and offered a scholarship four years ago. According to Donna Powell, the group’s chief operating officer, “We value what the college brings to the community and wanted to help ensure its success. Our physicians voted unanimously to make a significant contribution as a founder and help a student in need. The physicians recognize the debt involved in completing medical education.” InterMountain Medical Group recently decided to continue to support the school and renew their scholarship commitment. “We want to support training of medical students with ties to northeastern Pennsylvania. As physicians, our group views this contribution as a way to support other physicians,” said Donna. “Seeing the donor plaques on the wall when visiting Geisinger Commonwealth reminds us that we should be part of the college. And we want to continue to be part of it,” she added.

It is very meaningful to the group to make a gift to Geisinger Commonwealth and see how it supports the mission. At a recent group meeting, the physicians met with one of their scholarship recipients, Laura Heck, who was very well-received. “It was nice to see how the donation is being used. And it was great to see the interaction they had with Laura. She was a delight, a top-notch student.”

InterMountain Medical Group specifically awards their scholarship to a third-year student who is focused on primary care. “We are building on successes for the future. And we are supporting a student who has chosen a specialty of medicine that is much needed in this community,” said Donna.

Pictured in photo: From left: Durelle T. Scott, MD, president and chairman of the board, InterMountain Medical Group; John Citti, MD, regional education coordinator, internal medicine, Geisinger Commonwealth's South Campus; Donna Powell, chief operating officer, InterMountain Medical Group; Steven J. Scheinman, president and dean, Geisinger Commonwealth; Marise Garofalo, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Geisinger Commonwealth.