St. Joseph Medical Center Downtown Campus
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The St. Joseph Medical Center Downtown Campus is the largest ambulatory care facility in the City of Reading. The campus has undergone renovations and expansion to better serve the healthcare needs of the community. It is located in a federally and state qualified Weed and Seed district at 6th and Walnut Streets. Given the City of Reading’s young and ethnically diverse population the major healthcare focus of the Downtown Campus is on ambulatory and primary type care (e.g., family practice, immunizations, prevention and wellness, diabetic care, etc). The Community Health Center offers primary care during 220,000 visits a year. St. Joseph’s Reading campus also offers specialty clinics for the underserved that are unable to get specialty care at private physician practices, and our facility is the only one locally that provides immigration physicals.
The St. Joseph Family and Women’s Care was formed in April 2004 from the consolidation of the Family Practice Center (primary care clinic) and St. Elizabeth Women’s Center (ob/gyn clinic). This is also the home of St. Joseph’s family practice osteopathic residency program. This center focuses on providing family health care. Services are available for preconception counseling through elder care with an emphasis on women’s care, well-child care andbchronic disease management.
Well-child care focuses on ensuring developmental milestones are met or addressed, immunizations are current, and chronic illnesses are addressed appropriately (e.g., asthma, diabetes, etc.). The Family Practice Center has strong working relationships with community organizations including the Migrant Health program and serves mainly the indigent population. Staff also offer Comenzando Bien (Prenatal Education Program for Spanish Speaking) and PA Department of Health’s Healthy Women’s Program (annual gyn exam for women age 55+ that have no insurance or insurance that does not cover these services).
The facility offers many services, including:
- Dental Services
Full service dental practice with more than 9,000 patient visits each year. It also functions as a dental residency teaching program and is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA). It also offers a free clinic to uninsured children six times per year and oral cancer screening events.
- Keystone Farmworker Program
The Keystone Farmworker program partners with the St. Joseph Regional Health Network in two significant areas to remove barriers to primary and oral health care for the area’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families. Physicians in St. Joseph’s Family Practice Residency Program provide outreach medical services in labor camps, farmworker homes and other venues as part of their community medicine rotation. Children, in both the farmworker community and the community-at-large, with unmet dental needs are cared for in the free Children’s Dental Clinic started over a decade ago by the farmworker program and St. Joseph’s Dental Residency Program.
- Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
- Wound Care Center
Provides comprehensive and specialized services designed to treat complicated, chronic wounds that have not healed with standard care treatments.
- Diabetes Management
A program that provides comprehensive educational services for Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes. Programs are recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), are provided by Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs), and are offered for individuals and groups.
- Diagnostic Radiology Services
Provides “walk-in” x-rays to patients. This service also offers mammograms, by appointment only.
- Hyperbaric Medicine
Includes Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments to alleviate and/or prevent acute or prolonged physical dysfunction or pain.
- St. Joseph Quality Medical Laboratory
Provides laboratory specimen collection services – no appointment necessary – to ambulatory patients of the Downtown Reading Campus and other “walk-in” business from other healthcare providers. This site also provides urine specimen collection for a county-funded drug abuse-monitoring program.
- Specialty Clinics
Offered to the underserved population through St. Joseph Family and Women’s Center
- Community Pharmacy and Berks Medical Equipment store
Retail operations provided by St. Joseph Regional Health Network’s SJH Service Corporation. Includes a retail pharmacy for the general public, a satellite DME (durable medical equipment) and supply store (also for the general public), and a long-term care pharmacy (contracted to nursing homes and assisted living facilities). This location serves as a referral source for physicians and managed care companies, as most insurance are accepted.
- Adult Day Care
Non-psychiatric care provided by Hildebrandt Learning Centers (company that also provides child day care to SJMC employees) from 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday;