John Muir Health and UCSF Health announced that they will be opening their first joint medical center for primary care and specialty care in our region. ‘Berkeley Outpatient Center’ is expected to open in June and will provide patients with another choice for care in our area that already includes One Medical and Stanford Health Care.
The facility will open at the renovated Foundry31 office complex (FKA The Marchant Building) that is currently occupied by City Sports, TCHO Chocolates and an Amazon Fulfillment center among others. “This new facility brings together two locally and nationally recognized health systems for the benefit of patients and the community,” said Caroline Schreiber, MD. Schreiber is the appointed medical director of the new center, a family medicine physician and a Berkeley native.
“Patients will have local, expert care that emphasizes prevention and wellness, while also having on-site access to UCSF Health and John Muir Health specialists when they need it,” she said. “Having primary care and specialist physicians in one location enhances collaboration, knowledge sharing and care coordination, so patients receive the best possible care and expertise from UCSF Health and John Muir Health.”
The facility will include top primary and specialty care doctors, as well as urgent care and a wide range of health care services. The Center will open with seven family medicine physicians, who are trained to care for patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. A nurse practitioner will join the team in September.
“We’re offering a new choice for health care in the Berkeley area,” said Cal Knight, President and CEO of John Muir Health. “Our goal is to deliver high-quality health care and an exceptional patient experience at lower cost, which we believe can be best achieved by offering a full range of services and coordinated care under one roof at the Berkeley Outpatient Center. We’re excited to be a part of the community.”
The Center also represents the expansion of an ongoing collaborations between John Muir Health and UCSF Health, which include serving as co-founders of Canopy Health, a network of more than 5,000 doctors, dozens of care centers and numerous renowned local hospitals spanning seven Bay Area counties. In addition, John Muir Health and UCSF Health formed the joint venture company, BayHealth Development, which is developing the medical center.
“This center represents a new model for health care that keeps patients close to the physicians who know them, while bringing specialists from UCSF and John Muir Health directly to the community,” said Mark Laret, President and CEO of UCSF Health, which includes UCSF Medical Center, California’s top-ranked hospital. “The Berkeley Outpatient Center will offer patients convenience, as well as the assurance that they have access to the full spectrum of outpatient care in one site.”
In addition to primary care, leading experts in seventeen different specialties will be available including Cardiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedics and Vascular Surgery.
The Outpatient Center also will feature an Urgent Care Center, which will be open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on weekends. Urgent care will be available to patients with an array of urgent, non-life threatening medical conditions and symptoms ranging from sprains and bruises to cough and fever.
Patients can schedule same-day appointments online or access walk-in care at the Urgent Care Center. Imaging and lab services also will be available, so patients can stay in one location for their care rather than having to travel to multiple locations for appointments and tests. The facility will also offer free, validated parking on site for their patients.
The Outpatient Center will accept most major health insurance plans, including HMO plans through Canopy Health. More information can be found at johnmuirhealth.com/berkeley.
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