After Dr. Fricchione graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he then went to Italy, where he attended the Universita per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) in Perugia, eventually earning a degree in Italian language. After his time in Italy, he went to Temple University Medical School, finding his passion and the area that would become his specialty: Emergency Medicine. After two years of surgical training at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, he did an Emergency Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and became a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AADEP).
While he was working in Philadelphia, Dr. Fricchione practiced at a number of emergency departments in various parts of the city—including treating trauma patients on life flights—because each situation he faced brought the fast pace and the diverse medical challenges that he sought. Another professional interest he developed was Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In fact, Dr. Fricchione helped to develop a Department of Occupational Medicine at Jefferson Hospital as an offshoot of his emergency work. He did postgraduate work in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
After coming home to Northeast Pennsylvania, Dr. Fricchione worked in the emergency departments at Moses Taylor Hospital and at the former Community Medical Center and was the first board-certified emergency medicine trained physician at CMC. He also established the Northeastern Occupational Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, P.C. in Dunmore, PA, and the Northeastern Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre Twp., PA., and became a consultant and Medical Director for several Fortune 500 companies.
Subsequently, Dr. Fricchione developed special interests in the field of forensic drug testing, becoming one of the first physicians in the state to be trained and certified by both the American Academy of Medical Review Officers (AAMRO) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) as a Medical Review Officer. His special interest in the field of Disability and Impairment Evaluations led him to be trained in Disability and Impairment Rating Evaluations, eventually becoming a Fellow in the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Because of his expertise in these areas, Dr. Fricchione was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge’s administration to serve on the initial Task Force to determine the qualification criteria for physicians practicing Impairment Rating Evaluations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In the community, his work has focused primarily on the arts and education, having served as a past president at the Scranton Cultural Center and, presently, on the executive board at Marywood University. Dr. Fricchione’s connection to Marywood grew from his family’s association with the institution. His parents, Henry and Lisa Fricchione, and his extended family greatly esteemed education and wanted to give something back to the children of the community. The Fricchione Daycare Center, established in 1991, was the first large named philanthropy initiative at Marywood, as well as the first of many capital projects that would follow in subsequent years. In fact, the longest period of capital improvement in Marywood’s history began with the establishment of the Fricchione Daycare Center.
Following in the leadership tradition of his late uncle, Patrick Fricchione, Sr., and his cousin, Patrick Fricchione, Jr., who both served as Marywood board members, Dr. Fricchione became a Marywood trustee in 2011. He has worked tirelessly in his own right to strengthen Marywood. He supports Marywood’s growth and, especially, its students.
In recent years, Dr. Fricchione closed the door to his medical practice and opened a window to a new career. As a Principal at his family’s business, Simplex Industries and Cornerstone Building Solutions, he has developed special interests in renewable energy, particularly solar. He focuses much of his time in real estate acquisition and development and is presently working on the integration of automation in housing construction. His family includes his wife, Andrea, and children, Nico and Simone.
Dr. Fricchione is quick to focus the lens away from his accomplishments and onto others. “I’ve been around a lot of brilliant people in my life and have been inspired by many of them. My father’s life story has always inspired me. As a doctor, being able to save someone’s life in an emergency situation inspired me. I miss that part of medicine, as well as the adrenaline rush that is inherent in emergency medicine. My main source of inspiration, however, is my wife, Andrea. She encouraged my passions and supported me through every endeavor and career change, whether it was a success or a failure. She always made me want to do well, and she continues to inspire me in this way.”
Please join Marywood University in congratulating this dynamic leader, who continues to inspire, support, and advance the cause of education for today’s students and for generations to come.