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Coming to Bayview: Patient First

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The urgent care center will be built on the Hopkins Bayview campus.

Patient First, the Richmond-based organization that operates urgent-care centers in Virginia and Maryland, will open a facility on the campus of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Patient First currently has 15 medical centers in Virginia and five in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including one at Green Spring Station. All are open every day of the year, from 8 in the morning to 10 at night, and no appointments are necessary.

“We are excited about Patient First,” says Greg Schaffer, president of Hopkins Bayview. “Our hope is that those with minor, walk-in injuries and illnesses who come to our Emergency Department will go to Patient First and that with fewer ‘walking wounded,’ our ED will be able to concentrate on people who really need emergency care.”

Situated on the campus’s southwest corner near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Cassal Drive, Patient First will be easily accessible and, with its signature green roof, highly visible. What has Schaffer particularly pleased is the prospect of developing stronger ties with surrounding neighborhoods. “We think Patient First will open the campus up to a wider group of people,” he says.

“Those who have not been to the campus in years will see the remarkable transformation that has taken place here,” says David Hellman, vice dean and chairman of medicine at Bayview. “People will find Patient First—and Bayview—incredibly convenient. If they need more care, they can easily get it from our specialists.”

“With Patient First we can help build practices,” says Isaac Yoon, who will be medical director at the new facility. “That is what we’ve done with Green Spring and what we hope to do with Patient First at Bayview.” Yoon is currently Patient First’s medical director at the Green Spring and Bel Air offices.

“The synergy will work both ways,” adds Gill Wylie, president of JH Medical Management Corp., the for-profit subsidiary that develops and runs Johns Hopkins’ suburban medical centers. While Patient First at Green Spring Station refers people to Johns Hopkins specialists, many of its patients come from the Green Spring practices.

Being adjacent to a hospital should be doubly attractive, Wylie emphasizes. In fact, Patient First in Bel Air is near Upper Chesapeake Hospital, and that is its busiest facility of all. Construction begins this month. Patient First will open at Bayview in the fall.

Anne Bennett Swingle

 

 

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