May 31, 2017
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Public Health Management Corporation and Temple University Hospital Open New Health Center in North Philadelphia

Nurse-managed health center opens next to Temple University Hospital Emergency Department to better serve the needs of patients

PHILADELPHIA, PA – 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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About PHMC Health Network
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. The PHMC health network consists of six nurse-managed, federally qualified health centers offering affordable, high-quality, patient centered health services to communities throughout the Philadelphia area, including public housing populations and individuals experiencing homelessness. They share a simple mission: to provide comprehensive primary health care, family planning, disease management, social services and more to men, women and children. Nurse-managed health clinics are staffed by advanced practice nurses and an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals working in collaboration with the community to serve as a medical home and safety-net provider for America’s underserved communities, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The PHMC health network is committed to their Beyond Care concept, a holistic, patient-centered approach to quality care provided by experts who organize care around the community's needs. Three locations have certification by the National Centers for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home. PHMC is also home to the National Nursing Centers Consortium, a network of over 250 nurse-managed health centers nationally. For more information visit www.phmc.org and www.phmchealthnetwork.org.

About Public Health Management Corporation
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit www.phmc.org.

About Temple University Hospital
Temple University Hospital is a 732-bed teaching hospital with its main campus located on Temple University's Health Sciences Center at Broad and Ontario Streets in Philadelphia. The hospital provides patients with ready access to an exceptional group of physicians in every specialty and primary care field. These doctors include the nationally recognized faculty of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, who are supported by the advanced resources of its major teaching hospital. For more information on Temple University Hospital, visit www.tuh.templehealth.org.