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Windows on City Avenue

  

Family Medicine at PCOM opened its doors to patients this spring with a new address and new offices on the first floor of Rowland Hall.

Formerly PCOM Healthcare Center—City Avenue Division, Family Medicine at PCOM has windows on City Avenue that give the practice a new visibility.

In addition to a new location and eight dedicated exam rooms, the practice has added on-site mental health services. “Deborah Chiumento [PsyD ’09] is our mental health consultant,” explains Harry Morris, DO ’78, professor and chair, family medicine. “With an office in Family Medicine, it’s much easier for our patients to access the mental health care they need.”

The office is also up and running with its electronic health records and it was one of nine area practices, in addition to the PCOM Healthcare Centers and the department of geriatrics, to be recognized by the Pennsylvania Regional Extension and Assistance Center for Health Information Technology for leadership in the nationwide transition toward electronic health records.

The practice is also working to become certified as a medical home (an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnership between patients, physicians, and families). Helping Family Medicine reach this goal is the new office manager—Laura Teran. “Laura is an RN, and she has experience working in a medical home model,” explains Dr. Morris. “She is helping us reorganize our office for certification.”

“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on our new facilities,” continues Dr. Morris, “and I see a great deal of potential for our practice as we become certified as a medical home.”