On Jan. 6, Keisha Christian registered as one of the first patients at Christiana Care Health System’s new Concord Health Center in Chadds Ford, Pa. On opening day, she came to see Raymond Carter, M.D., of Concord Medicine & Pediatrics.
Located on Concord Pike, Route 202, one mile north of the Delaware state line, the two-story, 72,000-square-foot outpatient 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.
“I’m often asked, ‘Why Pennsylvania?’ The answer is that we are not new to the Keystone State,’’ said Gary Ferguson, Christiana Care chief operating officer, at the Concord Health Center ribbon-cutting in December. He noted 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.’’
Dawn Dockery and her five-month-old son George had an appointment with Renee McDonough, M.D. Pushing George in his black-and-white stroller over the newly laid tile and carpeting at Concord Health Center, Dockery was called right back for her check-up. The staff in the primary care section cooed over George’s blue eyes as they arranged their desks and computers for the first day of business.
Upstairs in the rehabilitation suite, workers put the finishing touches on the demonstration kitchen, which will be used for occupational therapy. A physical therapist tested one of the exercise bikes, which give patients a floor-to-ceiling window view of sky and trees outside while they ride.
Bringing together primary and specialty care at Concord Health Center allows clinicians and patients to interact easily, 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.
“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,’’ Dr. Greenglass said.