Family Medical Center at Edward Waters College
On Friday, November 13, 2009, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 12:00 p.m opening the doors of the Family Medical Center at Edward Waters College. The Family Medical Center will provide medical care to the students of EWC and residents of the surrounding area.
The project initially started as a result of services that were being provided to the geriatric population through the Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center and the Campus Towers retirement facility, both located on the EWC campus. As college administrators, community advocates, and city and government officials learned more about the project's possibility, the consensus was that a medical care facility was needed in this area. "With the New Town Success Zone now in place, the Family Medical Center at Edward Waters College is a perfect fit," said Doug Edwards, Director of the Family Medical Center at Edward Waters College.
Many of the students that go to EWC come from out-of-state or out-of-the-country and do not have a local family practice physician. Having the Family Medical Center on campus provides an opportunity to save on costs as well as improve the medical care of the students.
With the opening of the facility, students can now receive services from the physicians on campus rather than having to make costly trips to the Emergency Room for, what are many times, routine issues. The medical center also has an agreement with area physicians to practice "on-call" like procedures.
The Family Medical Center at EWC will also be providing service to the elderly population in the area's assisted care facilities as well as to the public. Those seeking medical attention may go to the Family Medical Center as their general family physician. Regular fees will apply. This will provide an opportunity for those in the New Town area, many of whom do not have cars or access to transportation, to visit a physician on a regular basis.
"I am very grateful that EWC was considered as a site for the clinic. It is truly a good thing that the students and the community members will now have access to high quality health care," stated Dr. Claudette Williams, president of Edward Waters College.
In addition to providing a focus on preventive care and educational health for the College and the community, the Family Medical Center at EWC will also be working with students in various areas of learning throughout campus. Physicians of the practice will serve as a resource for the students on campus. The College and the practice will work together to bring such programs as nursing, health services, physical therapy, and health care management to EWC.
Dr. Edward Williams and Dr. Patrick Kamish are the practicing physicians at The Family Medical Center at Edward Waters College, which will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and is located at 1710 Pearce Street.
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