Since opening its new medical facility and a new Urgent Care Center last summer in the AtlantiCare Health Park Manahawkin Campus, AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, has welcomed far more patients and community members than it anticipated.
The Park is AtlantiCare’s fourth health park in southern New Jersey. The consumer-focused parks are located in retail corridors convenient to the communities AtlantiCare serves.
The main building – a former supermarket – brings together a wide range of AtlantiCare’s primary and specialty medical services. The Urgent Care Center – a former restaurant – offers care for minor illnesses and injuries.
“We identified the need for increased services in Manahawkin through patient feedback, focus groups, market research, a community advisory committee, and other ways,” said Jatin Motiwal, vice president, AtlantiCare Physician Group and Regional Network. “We designed our services so that the Manahawkin community will have great access to quality care in one location, in an environment that makes people feel good from the moment they arrive.”
Beach and nature-themed décor and paint colors reflect the Manahawkin area and add to the peaceful, healing environment for patients, visitors and staff. AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts program AtlantiCare commissioned 90 pieces of art from local and regional artists for the facility. The creations take patients, staff, and visitors Up and Away, for a Dance on the Ocean Floor, and to A Place Called Heaven. They invite them to experience Spring Sailing and The End of Summer, and take them down the Route 72 Causeway to remember an iconic shack.
AtlantiCare offers check in for all AtlantiCare services at a single point of entry – the Welcome area. This includes fingerprint/biometric kiosk scans for checking in and confirming appoints.
Open social spaces provide a “living room” atmosphere with comfortable seating; end and high tables with charging stations; WiFi access; and electronic interactive play devices for children. An on-site café offers light fare and a coffee and espresso bar.
Medical services in the nearly 60,000-square-foot main facility include primary care and pediatric care; cardiology and cardiac diagnostics; general and bariatric surgery; endocrinology; gastroenterology, nephrology; obstetrics and gynecology; neurology and other services. AtlantiCare’s on-site laboratory and community pharmacy offer added convenience for patients who need lab work or prescriptions. AMI AtlantiCare Partners in Imaging opened over the summer – offering a full range of diagnostic imaging services. Rothman Institute Orthopaedics opened last October.
“Many of our patients had been using multiple services at AtlantiCare,” said Melissa Achey, site director. “Now they get their care and services more conveniently in one location.”
“Patients and visitors particularly enjoy sitting in our outdoor garden area, said Cynthia Meli, regional administrator, AtlantiCare. “They often remark about how personalized our services are.”
AtlantiCare offers meeting space to charitable organizations in its 2,200 square-foot community room. It also holds free community health and wellness events and lectures, including a quarterly senior university class.
“We have long provided care for those who live in, work in and visit Manahawkin,” said Meli. “They’ve come by ambulance for care of traumatic injuries, heart attack, and stroke to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s (ARMC) Trauma Center and Heart and Neurosciences institutes. They’ve welcomed new family members at ARMC’s Center for Childbirth and elected to have weight loss, joint replacement, and other surgeries at ARMC. They travelled the Parkway or Route 9 to see primary and specialty care providers. We care for them at our surgery centers, including in Little Egg Harbor. We are pleased to offer so many services at our Manahawkin Health Park. We are humbled by the community’s response.”
To learn more about services at the AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus, visit www.ManahawkinHealthPark.org or call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000.