Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became a reality Sunday, according to information released by Geisinger.

The Danville-based health system announced in September it had acquired Scranton-based The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), pending regulatory approvals from local, state and accrediting agencies. Those approvals were met and the legal integration went into effect Jan. 1.

Geisinger becomes one of a few organizations in the country that has a health system, health plan and medical school, according to the release.

“Joining together a world-class health system and health plan with a young, innovative school of medicine will make our region a hub for medical education, research and discovery,” said Dr. David Feinberg, Geisinger president and CEO. “Through this partnership, Geisinger Commonwealth will continue to realize the vision and mission of its original founders to provide high-quality health care to patients in the region for generations to come.”

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