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October 2011

Employee health and wellness center opens its doors wider

Date: October 14, 2011

Health care practitioner examines a patient

University employees can now take advantage of services offered at East Baltimore’s Employee Health and Wellness Center. Located in Phipps 351, the clinic was established in 2009 for employees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System to provide free, immediate and convenient care for minor, nonwork-related medical problems that strike during the work day. “We are pleased to extend this convenient care to all university employees,” says Gloria Bryan, the school of medicine’s senior director for human resources. Staff of the schools of public health and nursing may also use the clinic.

Staffed by two nurse practitioners, one nurse case manager and one occupational health nurse, the center assists employees with finding a doctor, limited lab services, treatment ( including prescriptions), care management with EHP, and Wellnet. The occupational health nurse provides TB screening and administers vaccines—and, yes, that includes flu shots.

The most common ailments that bring people in, according to Wellness Center Director Fran Humphrey-Carothers, are respiratory illnesses, minor strains and sprains, and rashes. But the clinic is not equipped to handle emergencies, like shortness of breath or chest pain. “There are no long waits, and we provide excellent care,” Humphrey-Carothers says. “If we can address the concern, employees can usually go back to their job and start feeling better.”

Hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call 410-614-1620.

—Judy F. Minkove