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At Odenton, Business Is Booming

To keep pace with fast-growing Anne Arundel County, JHM at Odenton is rapidly evolving into a comprehensive ambulatory care center, much like Green Spring or White Marsh.

The Johns Hopkins Community Physicians practice at Odenton, where more than half the patients are military family members or retirees, already has added practitioners and expanded space in anticipation of growth at nearby Ft. Meade.

What’s up next up for Odenton? New specialty and support services.

The Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Hopkins Bayview, which for several years has been providing general Gyn/Ob care at Odenton, now will offer a broader range of services, including Ob ultrasound. “We’ll also have the capability to do some minor office procedures that we haven’t been able to do before,” says Jennifer James, administrator. Four faculty physicians, all young women, along with a nurse practitioner, will provide care five days a week in renovated space on the first floor that more than doubles the size of the clinic area.

Last month, the Division of Cardiology, which had been running one four-hour session each week at Odenton, added four more sessions. Now, thanks in large part to a newly recruited cardiologist, patients are seen there five days a week. They also enjoy a complete array of ancillary services, including echocardiography, stress testing, nuclear cardiology and electrophysiology consultations.

The Division of Gastroenterology has been seeing patients weekly at Odenton since the fall, and in the near future, according to Gill Wylie, president of JH Medical Management Corp., the for-profit subsidiary of Hopkins Hospital that runs Odenton, White Marsh and Green Spring, Hopkins surgeons will see patients in the Piney Orchard Surgery Center located in the building. “This will allow certain patients to have procedures done close to home rather than traveling to Bayview, Hopkins Hospital or Howard County General Hospital,” says Wylie.

To support growth at Odenton, JH Medical Labs soon will open new lab space with a phlebotomy and a processing station. For the first time, physical and occupational therapy will be available at Odenton, through Physiotherapy Associates.

Few are more pleased with Odenton’s growth spurt than Barbara Cook, JHCP president. “When you combine a primary care practice with the really critical clinical specialties, a wonderful synergy develops. Having these specialists on site will help us manage the full gamut of problems,” says Cook. “We can’t stay ahead of the curve. We’ve already brought in two physicians and increased some from part time to full time, and we still have more demand. But we’re lovin’ it.”

Anne Bennett Swingle


Johns Hopkins Medicine

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