ST. LOUIS -- The SLU Medical Home is getting bigger.
|Gillian Stephens, M.D., is medical director of the SLU Medical Home.|
The innovative, patient-centered approach to primary care already offered to SLU employees who see family doctors at the Doctors Office Building is expanding to include employees whose family doctors are located at the U Club and Des Peres Medical Arts Pavilion.
"In January all SLU employees who see SLUCare family doctors will have the opportunity to be part of the SLU Medical Home," said Gillian Stephens, M.D., medical director of the SLU Medical Home and a SLUCare family doctor. "They'll have access to our highly successful program that makes it easy for patients to get the specialized health care services they need."
Led by a SLUCare family doctor, the SLU Medical Home combines the talents of a team of health care experts from different disciplines, such as pharmacy, dietetics and physical therapy, who collaborate on keeping patients healthy. A nurse care coordinator works closely with each patient, managing his or her care, expediting referral appointments and ensuring medical treatments are carefully coordinated.
"The team of professionals in the SLU Medical Home is an invigorated and enthusiastic group of clinicians who meet every week and discuss the best way to help our patients in a clinical setting," Stephens said.
Patients in the SLU Medical Home who are ill can be seen by their family doctor or another family doctor on the same or next day they call for an appointment. The SLU Medical Home also offers some extended lunchtime and evening hours.
The SLU Medical Home, a service for SLU employees and their families who receive their health insurance through the University, began last January and has been very successful, Stephens said.
"The bottom line is patients in the SLU Medical Home receive very personalized health care," Stephens said. "It is a particularly good option for those patients who have difficult to manage or chronic medical conditions such as weight problems, smoking, diabetes or high blood pressure."
SLUCare family doctors can now see SLU Medical Home patients in any of their three clinical sites, which are conveniently located close to where many employees live. Specialized programs, such as educational lunches and after-work classes, will be held on campus.
Those programs, which included two after-work series of classes on healthy lifestyle and one on stress management, drew rave reviews from participants last year, Stephens said.
"We offer specialized programs during the lunch hour or after work so people don't have to come back to campus to learn more about ways to stay healthy," Stephens said. "Next year, we may include lunch programs that run the gamut from preventing low back pain and parenting a college age child to making the most of your medical appointment."
SLUCare family doctors who now see SLU Medical Home patients include Christine Jacobs, M.D., H. Thomas Johnson, M.D., William Manard, M.D., Michael Railey, M.D., Caroline Rudnick, M.D., F. David Schneider, M.D., Gillian Stephens, M.D., L. Tyler Wadsworth, M.D., and Kimberly Zoberi, M.D.
Those who are interested in signing up for the SLU Medical Home can call the SLUCare employee line at 314-977-3500.