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WILKES-BARRE – When it opened its Wilkes-Barre campus office in 2008, The Commonwealth Medical College envisioned the fifth floor of the Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald building at 15 S. Franklin St. as a central downtown location where students and staff could meet to discuss coursework.

But as students began becoming more involved in the community – and in the community's hospitals in particular – the Scranton-based school decided to bring its southern campus offices closer to the patients and doctors with whom its students were interacting.

This week, the school moved its offices from the Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald building to Saidman Hall on the ground level of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Anne Greene, spokeswoman for the medical college, said the round-the-clock security and better access for our students played a role in the decision to move.

The model used in the western campus in Williamsport has worked well and also factored in to the decision, she said. In Williamsport, the medical college's offices are in Susquehanna Health System's Williamsport Regional Medical Center, and the ability to have students close to their clinical preceptors has been found to be a key asset, Greene said.

The college's main campus is in Scranton. Between the three campuses, the school serves 16 counties and has affiliations with 27 hospitals or medical facilities.

The move is seen as a positive step for medical education in our community, said Commonwealth Health CEO Cornelio Catena. That health system operates Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and seven other hospitals in the region from Berwick to Tunkhannock.

As we continue our collaboration with The Commonwealth Medical College to develop the next generation of skilled physicians, this relocation offers students efficient access to medical school staff while providing convenient access to the full clinical and educational resources of the hospital, said Catena. We're proud of our relationship with TCMC and welcome their students, faculty and staff to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

About 90 students are assigned to TCMC's South Campus, Greene said. TCMC and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital have entered into a lease agreement for the 3,800 square feet of dedicated space that includes shared access to conference rooms and training rooms.

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