The new clinic allows for the ambulatory practices to be moved outside of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital at 327 Beach 19th St. and into a state-of-the-art medical practice. At the same time, the center is located just across the street from the hospital, allowing patients access to an array of hospital practitioners.
According to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Donald Morrish, the new center will help provide patients with a much more positive experience. A comprehensive assortment of services are being offered at the new clinic, including audiology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, nutrition, podiatry, urology, rheumatology, optometry, orthopedics, nephrology, medication management, vascular surgery, general surgery, diabetes education and management, colonoscopy screenings, colorectal surgery and more.
“Patients will be able to have access to their providers,” Morrish said. “In an ambulatory care setting, if they were to be admitted, the same practitioners will take care of them on the in-patient side. It really is a great continuity of care. That’s what we’re trying to focus in on: better active care, higher quality and a higher touch point, providing a better patient experience to our patient population.”
Another service offered is the 340B Program, a pharmaceutical program that allows patients to have their medical prescriptions delivered to them, either at the clinic or home, at a much lower cost. This is especially valuable for patients who may not be able to afford their prescriptions at full price.
Morrish emphasized that the patient experience is just as important as the quality of care provided. He said many of the center’s team members have gone through training in both these areas in order to better provide patients with optimal experiences of care. He also highlighted the fact that the center features state-of-the-art equipment for its patients.
“All those things together really elevates the level of service for patients,” Morrish said. “When they go in for a specialty practice, they really feel like they get a really good comprehensive level of care that addresses all of their needs.”
“As we grow and provide high levels of quality of care, we’re having better health outcomes, because we can meet the needs of the community,” Morrish said.
For more information about the clinical learning center or to schedule an appointment there, call 718-869-7690 or go to www.ehs.org.