In a first look at Christiana Care Health System’s new Concord Health Center, senior leaders, board members, trustees and dignitaries toured the two-story outpatient facility in Chadds Ford, Pa., opening Jan. 6.
The spacious building on Concord Pike at Route 202, one mile north of the Delaware state line, offers “a way for us to get closer to those we serve and to serve more of our neighbors,’’ said Gary Ferguson, chief operating officer of Christiana Care.
“I’m often asked, ‘Why Pennsylvania?’ The answer is that we are not new to the Keystone State,’’ he said, noting that nearly 10 percent of Christiana Care’s patients live in the area, and Wilmington Hospital, which is finishing a $210 million transformation, is just a few miles south.
“At Christiana Care, we serve our neighbors, and we consider this part of our neighborhood,” Ferguson said. “Our philosophy is to be expert, caring partners, to help those who are sick regain their health and to help those who are well to stay well.’’
After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the doctors, nurses and staff who will serve patients at Concord Health Center enthusiastically showed guests how the new facility brings together outpatient services and programs coordinated in one convenient location.
For the large population living near the Delaware-Pennsylvania border, Concord Health Center offers “one-stop shopping,’’ said Colleen P. Morrone, a member of the Delaware County (Pa.) Council. “It’s easy to get to, and you come into one facility and get what you need,’’ she said.
Concord Health Center brings together under one roof: Christiana Care primary care physicians who are board certified in internal medicine and pediatric care; OB-GYN physicians; specialists in cardiology, radiation oncology, GYN oncology, dermatology and endocrinology; the region’s most trusted outpatient cancer care through Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute; comprehensive rehabilitation services and advanced cardiovascular testing; and diagnostic imaging and walk-in laboratory testing.
“The design allows clinicians and patients to interact and to share between physical areas,’’ said Alan S. Greenglass, M.D., senior vice president and medical director of The Medical Group of Christiana Care and CEO of Christiana Care Quality Partners. “But, at the end of the day, our philosophy of partnering is what will make this work. The Christiana Care staff will be able to interact in a way that is as seamless as possible to our patients.’’
One member of the Christiana Care staff is internist Kelly Billig-Figura, M.D., coming to the Concord Health Center with colleagues Ray Carter, M.D. and Renee L. McDonough, M.D., as Concord Medicine & Pediatrics. A great advantage of Concord Health Center, she said, is “the convenience for patients of having specialists right here. Patients can schedule a flu shot on the same day they have an appointment with their cardiologist. And if we physicians have a question about something we see, we can quickly consult with a colleague specialist who is here in the building.’’
Concord Health Center is also an asset for nearby businesses, said Alex Charlton, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. “To have a hospital network system with the reputation of Christiana Care as another partner for employees, making sure they’re staying on top of their health care, is a great benefit for employers,’’ he said.