BALTIMORE, MD – Chase Brexton Health Care officially opened its new primary care facility in midtown Baltimore today in a move that will allow the nonprofit provider to expand its services and offer patient-centered care for many more patients. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young joined Chase Brexton Health Care CEO Richard Larison, board members and supporters for a morning ceremony.
The new facility will enable Chase Brexton to treat as many as 25,000 new patients, which doubles its current patient count. It features an innovative patient-centered “pod” design and space for a new obstetrics/gynecology services.
“Beginning in just a few months, hundreds of thousands of uninsured Marylanders will have access to new health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act,” Larison said. “We look forward to meeting increasing demand and educating patients with the same compassionate care we’ve provided for 35 years.” As part of this expansion and evolution of its services, the organization is changing its name to Chase Brexton Health Care to more accurately reflect the comprehensive primary care services that it provides.
Founded in 1978 as a volunteer-run health clinic for Baltimore’s gay community, Chase Brexton has a long history of providing compassionate care to underserved members of the community and effectively managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and HIV. Since then, it has expanded to a total of six locations in the region, annually serving nearly 25,000 patients from all walks of life. Along with the newly relocated main Baltimore location at 1111 N. Charles St., Chase Brexton has primary care offices in Randallstown, Columbia and Easton, as well as with Sheppard Pratt’s Way Station facility in Columbia. It is also provider of the student health services at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The new facility replaces its former location a few blocks away on the corner of Cathedral and Eager Streets.
“Chase Brexton is a model of healthcare equity in Baltimore and around the region,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “For decades, it has played a critical role in our area by providing high-quality care to anyone who needs it, no matter their ability to pay. With this new facility in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Chase Brexton is poised to serve many more people, including many who will be newly insured.”
Building on its comprehensive care menu — which includes dental, pharmacy, mental health and substance abuse services — Chase Brexton has recently added obstetrics and gynecology care. At a time when other facilities are eliminating their OB/GYN services, Chase Brexton recognizes the need to provide Baltimore-area women with wider access to high-quality medical care in this area.
The redesign of the new Chase Brexton facility created innovative modern treatment areas that will enable medical professionals to provide collaborative, patient-centered care focused on helping patients achieve optimal wellness by treating immediate health issues and providing preventative care.
With Chase Brexton’s innovative “pod” design, patients are literally at the center of their own care. Treatment rooms line the perimeter of each pod and medical staff move among the rooms to visit patients, who are able to remain in a single room for their entire visit. The pod model — which is being piloted at the Charles Street location and will later be extended to other Chase Brexton locations — enables patients to see the same doctor, physician’s assistant, behavioral health providers and pharmacist each time they visit the facility. These health professionals collaborate, sharing information and resources to better coordinate care and educate patients in maintaining good health.
As patient demand has grown — and in anticipation of an influx of patients who are newly covered by Medicaid and other insurance options under the Affordable Care Act — Chase Brexton’s leaders two years ago purchased the Monumental Life building and began renovations to transform the 192,000-square-foot property into its new headquarters.
NBBJ, an award-winning global design and architecture firm based in Seattle, Wash., designed a facility that is energy- and cost-efficient and enables medical professionals to work collaboratively to improve each patient’s health outcomes.
“The primary goal of the renovation was to respect and preserve historically significant features of the ornate Monumental Life complex while adapting and reconfiguring the property to provide much needed health services for the downtown Baltimore community,” said Kim Price, President of Chase Brexton’s Board of Directors.
Chase Brexton Health Care recently achieved Level II Patient Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee of Quality Assurance — a coveted designation signaling Chase Brexton’s effectiveness and commitment to holistic care for its patients. Supported by healthcare transformation coaches from the Primary Care Development Corp., Chase Brexton received the designation after demonstrating proactive management of patient care, establishing effective care plans, and using its Electronic Health Record system to effectively track laboratory tests and referrals — all goals established in the federal Affordable Care Act.
“Primary care practices like Chase Brexton who adopt the medical home model are embracing reforms that reward providers for achieving better outcomes at lower costs,” said Ronda Kotelchuck, PCDC’s CEO. “We are very proud that Chase Brexton has achieved PCMH recognition for the vital primary care they are providing to patients throughout Maryland.”