St. Joseph Medical Center Downtown Campus
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 and chronic 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:
Centering Pregnancy Prenatal Model at our Downtown Reading Campus
While the traditional model of prenatal care is given one-on-one by a provider in a private examination room in an office or clinic setting, Centering Pregnancy is an innovative model in a group setting that includes self-monitoring and extended time with the provider. It integrates three major components of care: health assessment, education, and support.
Expecting moms are placed in a group of 8-12 other women due within the same month, and they attend group sessions until it is time to deliver. They are seen by a prenatal provider as they would be in a traditional appointment, and their exams take place in a private section of the Centering room during their group sessions. After all the women have been examined, they gather in a circle for group discussions about pregnancy related topics led by expert facilitators. This is not just for first-time moms. Experienced moms enjoy sharing their pregnancy and parenting knowledge to add to the group discussion.
Studies have shown that knowledge about pregnancy is greater in Centering groups when compared to traditional prenatal care. St. Joseph’s program – with offerings in both English and Spanish at our Downtown Reading Campus – includes educational sessions that consist of: prenatal nutrition, dental health, healthy relationships, labor preparation, pain management during labor, breastfeeding, post-partum depression, bonding with your baby, preventing SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome, and newborn care.
Since the Centering model promotes self-care, it has been linked to better overall health management. The combination of the continuity of prenatal care, as well as the educational, emotional, and social support the women in Centering Pregnancy receive has also been linked to better pregnancy health outcomes such as: lower rates of preterm delivery and low birth weight babies, and higher exclusive breastfeeding rates.
Please contact Kim Hunter, OB Nurse Navigator at khunter3@PennStateHealth.psu.edu or (484)650-1767 for more information about this program.
Dental ServicesFull 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 ProgramThe 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 CenterProvides comprehensive and specialized services designed to treat complicated, chronic wounds that have not healed with standard care treatments.
Diabetes ManagementA 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 ServicesProvides “walk-in” x-rays to patients. This service also offers mammograms, by appointment only.
Hyperbaric MedicineIncludes Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments to alleviate and/or prevent acute or prolonged physical dysfunction or pain.
St. Joseph Quality Medical LaboratoryProvides 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.
Community Pharmacy and Berks Medical Equipment storeRetail 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 ServicesNon-psychiatric care provided by Hildebrandt Learning Centers (company that also provides child day care to SJMC employees) from 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday.