Friday, April 15, 2011

Welcome to the McCarrick Center: Building a Patient-Centered Medical Home

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On Monday, we celebrated two major milestones at our Spanish Catholic Center medical clinics. First, we moved our Langley Park clinic into a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in the Wheaton/ Silver Spring neighborhood. And as if that wasn’t enough, we also upgraded all of our medical and dental clinics to electronic health records. Whew!

“The goal of our new clinic and our electronic medical records is to be even more patient-centered,” said Dr. Marguerite Duane, medical director at the Spanish Catholic Center.  From the clinic layout to the cutting-edge tools now available to our staff, everything is about giving our patients, mostly uninsured and low-income individuals, the medical care that they deserve. While our old location in Langley Park served us well for many years, our new facility was designed to be even more accessible to patients, from the entrances to specially-equipped exam rooms. We also have an on-site room which can handle minor surgical procedures in-house!

The new office is located at 12247 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md., where we already offer a dental clinic, health and education program, food and clothing distributions and an immigration legal services office.  The addition of a new medical clinic on-site makes it easier for our clients to receive the comprehensive, holistic care we seek to offer each and every one of our neighbors who comes to us for help.

The addition of Electronic Health Records (EHR for short) brings all of our clinics – including our two dental clinics – online where doctors at multiple offices can update patient charts in real time and access the same information. By the end of the month, dentists will be able to see medications, allergies and any pre-existing patient conditions. In turn, doctors will be able to see any medications prescribed by the dentists.

EHR systems go a long way toward streamlining information sharing in medical offices, allowing our clinics to interface with other e-records systems, such as the DC immunization registry and the Regional Health Information Exchange Organization (DC RHIO), which will allow Catholic Charities to share patient information with other clinics and hospitals if our clients seek medical care at a different facility.

For our patients, this means far less paperwork each visit – something everyone is a fan of.

The Spanish Catholic Center’s medical clinics provide services to more than 5,000 patients from around the world through about 17,000 individual appointments every year.  We are proud to offer top-of-the-line, comprehensive services in our community, and we’d like to thank you for your support as we continue to do good for our neighbors.

Pictured above: Our very first patient receives a medical examination from clinic staff members.  Below: All-new exam rooms boast state-of-the-art medical equipment.