Visiting John Muir Health's "One Stop Shop"
By Kevin Roberts, Communications Chair
Our March membership meeting was held at the newish John Muir Outpatient Center in Walnut Creek. We were fortunate enough to get the lowdown on the center from Dr. Maureen Stevenson, who helped spearhead the effort to get the center from dream to reality. With over 28 Primary Care physicians and specialists in; Endocrinology, Cardiology and Behavioral Health.
The center was designed with coordinated care in mind, allowing patients to get multiple services under one roof instead of have to traipse from location to location.
Each floor is set up with clinical services in the center with the private doctor's offices in the back. Set up as a "medical home" concept they offer multiple ambulatory services; Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric and Senior Services, Medical Imaging (X-ray and Ultrasound), Lab and Radiology, and Urgent Care (7 days a week).
|Dr. Maureen Stevenson discussing the John Muir Outpatient Center.|
"With the advent of the Affordable Care Act and the ongoing shortage of primary care physicians, we are using a team-based approach to patient care with the primary care physician as the lead to help improve care, access and the patient experience," said Dr. Stevenson. "We are partnering with our patients to ensure that they receive the right care at the right time with an eye toward proactive medicine so they can avoid trips to the Emergency Room and unnecessary hospitalizations."
All of the services provided are connected into the EPIC electronic health record sharing system to chronicle the story of a patient's healthcare over time. These records can be accessed from any location, allowing physicians to access the patient's medical records when they receive care at any John Muir Health facility.
All in all, a big step forward for John Muir's efforts to serve patients and our thanks for them as a continued Metallic Sponsor of GGAHU.