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The front door for the 500-square-foot Einstein FastCare clinic at the Cheltenham ShopRite store is sandwiched between the ShopRite’s pharmacy and a display case of refrigerated beverages.
Ashley Verbetsky, project manager for the FastCare clinic, said when the clinic opened in December people didn’t quite know what to make of it.
“We got a lot of “What is this?’ and ‘What do you do?’” Verbetsky said. “When they realize the services we provide, they are pleasantly surprised. They like having another access point for their heath-care needs.”
Mary Beth Kingston, vice president and chief nurse executive of the Einstein Healthcare Network, said the health system hasn’t done a lot of marketing for the clinic — created in a partnership with Brown’s Super Stores of Westville, Gloucester County — because they are waiting to get more of their advanced nurse practitioners accredited by the various insurers that serve the region.
Lisa Neri, a nurse practitioner who staffs the center, said once they add more staff this summer the clinic will be open seven days a week instead of the current five.
The clinic now serves about four or five patients a day with conditions ranging from chest colds to infected toenails. The facility has also provided pre-employment screening and sports team physicals.
“We’re not here to replace the relationship patients have with their primary-care doctors,” Neri said. “But when they can’t get in to see their doctor in a timely manner, we can accommodate them.”
The FastCare Clinic sends reports to the primary-care doctor of the patients it treat, and helps those people who don’t have a primary-care doctor find one — in or outside of the Einstein network, she said.
Visits are $57, Kingston said, a low-cost option for people without insurance.
The capital costs associated with the opening of the clinic were $165,000.
The hospital received a $150,000 state community revitalization assistance grant to help fund the project along with $20,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of a fellowship on improving health-care access for which Kingston was selected. Einstein matched the fellowship funding amount.
Full Article from here from Philadelphia Business Journal.