Nurse-managed health center opens next to Temple University Hospital Emergency Department
to better serve the needs of patients
PHMC Health Center at Temple, a program of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), and one of six nurse-managed federally qualified health centers in the PHMC health network, opened the doors of its new health center today at Temple University Hospital. PHMC President and CEO Richard J. Cohen was joined by President and CEO of Temple University Hospital Dr. Verdi J. DiSesa, and President and CEO of Temple University Health System Dr. Larry R. Kaiser for the official ribbon cutting.
The 4,400 square foot facility, located onsite within Temple University Hospital, adjacent to the emergency department (ED), allows patients access to immediate primary and referral services. This location allows patients not needing high level ED care to have the option to be seen sooner and have their needs met by the PHMC primary care nurse practitioners and social workers. Those who receive care at the health center will have access to Temple’s ancillary services or can be referred to appropriate specialty care providers at Temple. The health center will help reduce the ED wait times and redirect Temple’s resources to deliver more efficient care to those who need the ED level of care.
“Expanding PHMC’s services to include onsite care adjacent to Temple’s ED allows us to positively influence how and when patients obtain emergency care,” said Richard J. Cohen, president and CEO of PHMC. “We’re excited about this unique partnership with Temple and look forward to providing area residents with immediate access to high quality care.”
The PHMC Health Center at Temple University Hospital will help the emergency department by providing accessible, affordable health services to those who don’t need to be admitted to the hospital but need general care. The center offers same day appointments and flexible payment options as well as patient advocacy, such as providing enrollment assistance with the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The services at the health center are particularly important for adults ages 18-64 in the Temple University Hospital community who don’t have insurance and to help the ED when serving 40 percent of the local population who come to the ED one or more times each year, according to data from the PHMC Community Health Data Base’s 2015 Pennsylvania Household Health Survey.
“PHMC knows our community and the burdens that its members face, both clinical and non-clinical,” said Dr. Verdi J. DiSesa, president and CEO of Temple University Hospital. “They have expertise that helps them assess and target health interventions effectively. We could not have chosen a better partner for this mutually beneficial initiative to enhance the care experience of our patients.”
Following remarks and the ribbon cutting ceremony attendees toured the facility.
PHMC Health Center at Temple is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30a.m.- 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Multiple insurance plans are accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare. In addition to primary and behavioral health care services, patients benefit from chronic disease management, HIV prevention and case management, health education and assistance with social services.
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