October 9, 1996
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410) 955-5384
E-mail: gstephenson@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Plan to Replicate Success at Green Spring Station

Johns Hopkins has signed an agreement with Patient First Corporation of Richmond, Va., to assist in developing a network of 12 neighborhood-based medical centers in central Maryland. When the initial network is completed in 2000, Hopkins and Patient First will consider developing additional centers to extend its service to other Maryland communities and their residents.

The network will provide health care services through physician groups drawn from the communities in which the centers are located. Hopkins will not own these practices, but as part of the network agreement, will be designated a preferred provider. Patients requiring health care services beyond the capabilities of the network of community physicians or community hospitals may be referred to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for specialized care.

Modeled after the operation of the highly successful Patient First center at Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station in Baltimore County and Patient First centers in Virginia, the network will provide convenient medical services to patients who desire immediate care but who either do not have or are unable to see their family physician and do not wish to use hospital emergency rooms for non-life threatening injuries or illnesses. Local physicians will practice at the Patient First medical centers and will hire medical and administrative personnel from the communities. All the facilities will be open 14 hours per day, 365 days a year, and medical treatment will be provided without an appointment. Additional services, including laboratory, x-ray, and certain orthopedic services, as well as prescription drugs will be available at each center. In cases where a patient has a family doctor, the Patient First physician will coordinate with the patient's physician to arrange appropriate follow-up care, a standing policy of Patient First.

"Development of this network is a reflection of our mission to partner with community-based physicians and hospitals to serve patients in the mid-Atlantic region with high-quality, convenient health care," said John D. Stobo, M.D., chairman and CEO of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, which is charged with developing Hopkins' integrated delivery system and is the vehicle through which Hopkins entered the agreement with Patient First. "Having the Patient First network in key areas throughout central Maryland also will benefit community physicians and community hospitals, providing them with important options for their patients. It is our goal to partner with communities to provide the most appropriate care in the most appropriate setting."

"Working with Johns Hopkins to serve these Maryland communities is a natural fit for us strategically, from both a growth and partnering perspective," said Stephen A. Storey, Patient First's chief financial officer and senior vice president. "One objective with the network is to establish the same kind of relationships with community physicians and hospitals as Patient First at Green Spring Station has enjoyed," continued Storey. "The closer the relationships with these professionals, the better the service and care we can offer patients."

"Again, within the health care community, Patient First views itself as complementary in nature. When patients are unable to see their family doctor, they will have a convenient alternative," Stobo emphasized. "And, if a patient does not wish to go to a hospital emergency room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and medical emergencies, he can receive immediate service at a nearby Patient First facility."

Patient First operates 10 primary care medical centers in Virginia in addition to the one at Green Spring Station. Patient First physicians will treat more than 320,000 patients this year. Expansion into other metropolitan markets in the mid-Atlantic and southeast United States is planned.

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