BronxCare’s service area is among the poorest in the nation, with high disease incidence rates, large minority and immigrant populations, and low socioeconomic status. In an environment where these critical social and health problems are interrelated, BronxCare is responding to the needs of the community with a population health approach.
“When it comes to caring for the Bronx, we clearly understand that disease prevention, as well as early treatment and management, are the best types of medicine for keeping the community healthy,” stated Dr. David Ferris, Medical Director, Ambulatory Care and Population Health.
From the extensive primary care practices and subspecialty services it offers, to satellite programs throughout the community, the BronxCare Outpatient Network is fulfilling an essential leadership role in Promoting and Achieving Health Care Excellence.
It is delivering quality medical and dental care to patients of all ages at convenient locations, with practices that offer treatment for allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, colds/flu, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, infections, prenatal care, sprains/ fractures, and women’s health issues, in addition to dental and other medical problems. These services are provided by an expert team of general medicine, OB/GYN, pediatric, orthopaedic, ophthalmology, ENT (ear, nose, and throat), family medicine, mental health, dental practitioners/hygienists, and other specialists. “myBronxCare,” an online patient portal, is offering patients the opportunity to have confidential access to their medical information. A Diaspora initiative is also providing the medical and support services needed by the growing African community.
BronxCare is continuing to grow from its current level of providing close to one million outpatient visits annually (among the largest for a health care system in New York City). Clinical space at the BronxCare Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center was expanded to accommodate a soon-to-be-completed Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Center to address the dual medical and mental health needs of patients. A 10,000 square foot Cancer Center is nearing completion, and a Center for Pain Management was also put into place.