Several Barnes-Jewish Hospital resident clinics recently began moving into the new, 12-story Center for Outpatient Health at the corner of Forest Park and Euclid avenues.
The facility, which opened in March, offers a more spacious and updated environment for resident clinics formerly located at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, including obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, specialty care (ENT, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, urology), lab and radiology services, surgical and wound care, primary care, neurology and dermatology.
All of the clinics slated to take up residence in the new building will be relocated by the end of spring.
“Patients have commented that they have driven by the new building so they know where to go,” says Pat Rekart, manager of the OB/GYN Clinic, one of the first to make the move. “We think their excitement will go through the roof when they actually get in the space.”
Aside from the freshness and warmth of the new environment, the functionality of the clinics was closely studied and addressed. Larger exam rooms feature exam beds designed for bariatric patients, which will help with their comfort.
The new space will allow for increased collaboration and offer multiple services for patients, all in one easy-to-access location.
The hallways are wide, allowing more space for patients in wheelchairs and with walkers.
New medical services to be provided at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, gynecological procedures such as LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) and diagnostic hysteroscopy, and prostate, nerve and muscle biopsies. Other pluses in the center include collaborations that weren’t possible before, such as having diabetic educators in the same space as residents to assist with the management of diabetic patients.
“It’s a new building with new equipment, almost like a brand new start,” says Angel Joos, a clinic service representative in the Medicine Clinic. “We have a strong history with our co-workers and patients. Even in the old, outdated space, we managed to give each other and our patients a little piece of hope or peace, or whatever they needed on any given day. Moving to the new space with them offers a fresh start of new possibilities.”
The structure is LEED-certified, ensuring that it was constructed with energy usage and the environment foremost in mind.
PHOTOS BY ROBERT BOSTON AND BJC HEALTHCARE