by Richard J. Alley
disclaimer: Each online section of the Healthcare Year in Review is taken from the larger Healthcare feature from Inside Memphis Business' December-January issue
As evidenced by the nearly 10,000 urgent-care clinics across the country, greater access to healthcare is a consistently growing need — and the field of orthopaedics is no exception.
This summer, Campbell Clinic launched walk-in clinics at each of its five Memphis-area locations in Germantown, Collierville, Cordova, Southaven, and the Medical Center. At the clinics, patients with acute orthopaedic injuries have access to services on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary. The Campbell Clinic Walk-In Clinic provides services including care and assistance for those suffering with suspected sprains, strains, breaks, and other related injuries. Deciding to provide such services on a walk-in basis came as a result of addressing the orthopaedic needs of patients in the area.
“Phenomenal response to our After Hours Clinic and overall patient volumes at our general clinic reinforced our belief that patients today seek greater access to the services we provide,” says Dr. Frederick Azar, Campbell Clinic’s chief of staff. “Our new Walk-In Clinic provides access to these services without an appointment, allowing urgent, acute orthopaedic issues to be treated sooner. Improved access will help our patients get on the road to recovery sooner.”
In addition to its team of physicians who will treat patients at all of its locations, Campbell Clinic also added a full-time physician, Dr. James Robinson, who is dedicated to seeing walk-in patients at the Germantown facility.
Prior to joining Campbell Clinic in August, Robinson was the team physician for the University of West Alabama’s athletic program. A graduate of Huntingdon College, he went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, did his residency at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, and his fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute/Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham. He now serves as the lead physician for Campbell Clinic’s Germantown Walk-In Clinic.
Patients interested in walk-in clinic services may visit one of the following locations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday:
1400 S. Germantown Road, Germantown
1458 W. Poplar Avenue, Suite 100, Collierville
7545 Airways Boulevard, Southaven
1211 Union Avenue, Suite 500, Memphis
8000 Centerview Parkway, Suite 500, Memphis
Founded in 1909, Campbell Clinic serves as a national leader in orthopaedics, sports medicine, teaching, and research in orthopaedic surgery. For more information on Campbell Clinic, call (901) 759-3100 or visit campbellclinic.com
Methodist Healthcare’s largest project under way is the Methodist University Hospital (MUH) $280 million master campus plan. In October, MUH broke ground on one of the largest transformation projects in the history of the Medical District. The modernization project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
“Our master campus plan will be a catalyst for transforming healthcare for patients in Memphis, the Mid-South, and beyond,” says Michael Ugwueke, COO and president of Methodist Healthcare. “The new tower will be designed to provide significant improvement in the patient care experience by enhancing flow and efficiency. The centralization of transplant services and the opening of a new cancer center will continue to advance our mission of providing high-quality healthcare to all patients.”
Highlights of the $280 million master campus plan include:
Consolidation of all transplant services into a two-floor inpatient/outpatient comprehensive Transplant Institute.
Combining the West Cancer Center location on Union Avenue with hospital-based inpatient and surgical services, creating one comprehensive cancer center.
State-of-the-art patient tower featuring large private rooms and enhancing efficiency for physicians and nurses.
Consolidating outpatient care in the new tower, making these services easily accessible from the newly constructed parking plaza.
Newly constructed parking plaza will provide 700 parking spaces for safe access directly into the new patient tower. Valet parking will continue to be provided for the convenience of patients, family members, and visitors.
Demolition of the Crews Wing will allow space for two gardens, which will provide greenspace and a healing environment for patients and families.
A key component of the project involves the hospital’s transplant program. Already a leading program, the expanded facilities and improved technology will provide the foundation for building a world-class research program and progressive, healing environment for patients and families. An anonymous $40 million gift in 2015 will be used for groundbreaking research centered on further improving outcomes for transplant patients and elevating the patient- and family-centered care experience.
“Methodist is making an investment in state-of-the-art technology that will elevate healthcare for Mid-Southerners and the Mid-South,” says Jeff Liebman, CEO for Methodist Healthcare. “By providing the most advanced technology, we are assisting physicians and surgeons in their drive to provide the best level of care for their patients.”
Liebman adds that the master campus plan will offer private patient rooms that will be larger and more comfortable, and departments will be strategically located and combined from across six city blocks to make access to services more convenient for patients and families.
MUH is the major academic campus and primary teaching hospital of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, training the next generation of medical professionals and bringing robust research and innovative treatment options to local patients. The medical team follows medical advancements so future treatment options and care are expertly tailored to the patient’s specific needs. Much of the knowledge gained is implemented in other hospitals within the Methodist system.
The master plan will help MUH better serve the community and push Methodist further along its journey toward being one of the top academic hospitals in the country. Methodist has been named the best hospital in Memphis by U.S. News and World Report for the sixth consecutive year.
For the latest construction updates and to watch the construction live feed, visit methodisthealth.org/
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