Second location offers lifeline for people with mental, physical and social concerns
(Wilmington, Del. – April 15, 2021)
ChristianaCare’s Center for Hope and Healing at Wilmington Hospital, an innovative model of care for patients with both medical and behavioral health issues, has opened a second location at the Riverside Medical Arts Complex at 700 W. Lea Blvd. in Wilmington. The new location incorporates a primary care practice for this patient population.
The new practice, named ChristianaCare Primary Care – Center for Hope and Healing at Riverside, provides a full range of primary care services as well as care for significant behavioral health conditions or serious social needs.
“The strength and uniqueness of our Center for Hope and Healing at Wilmington Hospital is that we offer support to people in our community who are struggling with any combination of mental, medical and social health problems,” said Diane Bohner, M.D., MS, FACP, clinical lead for the center. “Our new location integrates access to a primary care practice that serves as a ‘medical home’ – the place where these patients can build a lasting relationship with their health care provider. Our primary care physicians split their time between office work and hospital care, and that creates continuity between our patients who transition from the hospital to outpatient care.”
Patients who receive care at the Center for Hope and Healing struggle with conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia in addition to chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. Also, the patients may be challenged with social health needs, including homelessness or food insecurity.
“By addressing both medical and non-medical needs that can impede good health, the Center’s innovative level of extended care will help patients achieve better health and prevent unnecessary emergency department visits, hospitalizations and readmissions,” said Anthony Tramontozzi, D.O., primary care physician at the new practice.
Services at the new practice include:
- Appointments with a psychiatric provider and therapist.
- Primary medical care with a focus on preventive care, immunizations and control of chronic medical conditions.
- Evaluations by a social worker, who helps patients access community, state and federal resources.
Names of providers at the practice:
- Diane Bohner, M.D., clinical lead
- Anthony Tramontozzi, D.O., primary care physician
- Olivia Gad, D.O., primary care physician
- Melvis Ngalla-Oluka, PMHNP, psych nurse practitioner
- Cassandra Rogers, LCSW, behavioral health consultant
- Tannisha Hutchinson, LCSW, social worker
- Louis Bab, BS, CADC, CCDP, community health worker
- Candace McKune, RN
- Naiyma Hawkins, RN, case manager
- Nicole Johnson, MA
- Jennifer Arriaga, MA, practice manager
The address of the new practice:
ChristianaCare Primary Care – Center for Hope and Healing at Riverside
700 W. Lea Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19805
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Patients interested in finding a primary care provider can visit www.christianacare.org/findapcp or call 302-777-0643.
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