"We have found health systems to be good partners for these clinics, with their existing ties to the local community, utilization of electronic health records, and focus on quality and continuity of care." says Ken Berndt
(PRWEB) December 08, 2011
On December 14, 2011, leaders of the convenient care industry and dignitaries representing the City of Philadelphia and the Cheltenham Township will convene to launch the opening of the new Einstein FastCare clinic in the ShopRite of Cheltenham, owned by Brown’s Super Stores. The clinic, staffed by nurse practitioners from the Einstein Healthcare Network, will offer a range of primary care and preventive services with an electronic entitlement application service during convenient hours and in an accessible location. Nationally, more than 50 health systems operate or partner with convenient care clinics. Einstein Healthcare Network is the second healthcare system in Philadelphia to open a convenient care clinic and the first to open a clinic in an underserved area of the city.
The opening of the clinic is an important step for Philadelphia, combining access to high-quality healthcare and nutritional food and working to combat the growing threats of food deserts and poor public health across the region. Ken Berndt of FastCare, which partners with 30 health systems to operate clinics around the country, says, “We have found health systems to be good partners for these clinics, with their existing ties to the local community, utilization of electronic health records, and focus on quality and continuity of care. Partnerships like this one, between Einstein and ShopRite represent the next generation of convenient care clinics moving into underserved areas.”
The ShopRite location where the clinic will be housed has been extensively renovated to coincide with the FastCare opening. “We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to partner with Einstein, FastCare and UpLift Solutions to offer these innovative services to the community. We hope to demonstrate that high-quality healthcare and healthy food should be available for all of our citizens,” says Jeff Brown, President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores.
Mary Beth Kingston, Chief Nurse Executive for Einstein Healthcare Network and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow, is also enthusiastic about the project, saying, “Einstein has a long-standing commitment to the Philadelphia community, and this clinic is a meaningful and promising extension of the care we already provide. We look forward to working with FastCare, UpLift Solutions and ShopRite to enhance the wellbeing of Philadelphians.” Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Convenient Care Association, the national trade association representing the retail-based health clinic industry, says, “The Convenient Care Association is a proud partner to FastCare, Einstein and Brown’s Super Stores, and supports these efforts to provide patients with comprehensive access to the goods and services they need to stay healthy.”
Bellin Health System established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006 and operates four FastCare clinics in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Bellin has 56 FastCare clinics, currently in operation or under construction, in 14 states, in partnership with 30 health systems. For more information, please contact Ken Berndt at kjbern(at)bellin(dot)org.
About Einstein Healthcare Network
Einstein Healthcare Network is a 1,267-bed integrated delivery network with more than 8,500 employees serving the communities of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pa. The network’s primary location, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, is one of the largest academic medical centers in the Delaware Valley, providing training and education for more than 400 residents and fellows each year. The network also provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services through Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, MossRehab, Montgomery Hospital Medical Center, Belmont Behavioral Health, Willowcrest (a center for subacute care), outpatient facilities such as Einstein at Germantown and Einstein Center One, and a network of more than 500 primary care physicians and specialists employed through Einstein Physicians and Fornance Physician Services, Inc. Construction is underway for Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, a fourth full-service, acute care campus located in East Norriton, Pa., scheduled to open in September, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.einstein.edu or call 1-800-EINSTEIN.
About Brown’s Super Stores
Brown’s Super Stores is a family owned and operated supermarket chain of 10 Philadelphia area ShopRite supermarkets and was founded in 1988 by President and CEO Jeffrey Brown. Brown’s is headquartered in Westville, New Jersey. The Company is also well known for its state-of-the-art supermarkets that are spotlessly clean, offering a wide variety of fresh food, low prices and friendly customer service. Brown’s has been well recognized for its dedication to the communities it serves and was recognized for the past several years as “The Best Employer” in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal and other publications. The White House has also acknowledged Brown’s for its efforts in serving urban communities who lack affordable, fresh and healthy food.
About UpLift Solutions
UpLift Solutions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded by Jeff Brown in 2009 as a platform to share his supermarket model and experience, on a national basis. UpLift has pioneered the effort of eliminating areas lacking access to fresh and affordable food in the U.S. by working with government agencies, non-profits and industry to create sustainable environments for underserved communities. Efforts focus on creating sustainable food systems, health innovations and economic opportunity. For more information, visit http://www.upliftsolutions.org
Contact: Ken Berndt (920-621-1615 or kjbern(at)bellin(dot)org)