by Joan Hellyer
The St. Mary Physicians Group is making it easier for its patients in the Lower Southampton area to receive primary and specialty care.
The group recently started providing services seven days a week in its new St. Mary Health Feasterville location at 178 West Street Road in the township.
It’s located a couple doors down from the newly built Giant Food Store in the Feasterville Square shopping center.
The satellite operation offers primary and walk-in care with physicians from the merger of St. Mary medical practices in Northampton, Upper Southampton and Warminster.
Specialists with St. Mary Comprehensive Cardiology and St. Mary OB/GYN also offer services at the Feasterville site.
In addition, physicians with St. Mary Orthopaedics and St. Mary Comprehensive Urologic Specialists will begin seeing patients at the satellite facility in the coming months, representatives said.
“The main initiative is patient access and convenience,” said Kim Sudac, vice president of practice operations for Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic Physicians Group. “Our whole strategy is to bring our services closer to the patients instead of them traveling to us.”
In addition to physicians, St. Mary Feasterville also offers diabetes and cardiac-related testing, plus nutrition counseling, she said.
“It allows for a one-stop type of location for our patients,” Kim said. “It can improve their coordination of care. We can meet their needs in one visit.”
The satellite operation is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
About 200 patients are expected to be seen on any given day and between 1,200 and 1,400 will be served each week, Kim estimated.
The St. Mary satellite operation is located not far from the Abington Jefferson Health and Holy Redeemer satellite facilities operating in different locations off Bustleton Pike in Lower Southampton.
But that is not why the Feasterville site was picked for the St. Mary operation, the vice president said.
Instead, Trinity Health, which owns and operates St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown, picked the satellite location because it is halfway between St. Mary and Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, she said.
Trinity Health also owns and operates Nazareth Hospital. It is located off Roosevelt Boulevard and Holme Avenue.
In addition to the Feasterville location, St. Mary also operates satellite facilities in Bensalem and Bristol Township.
Additionally, it will begin offering expanded walk-in hours on July 1st for primary care patients at St. Mary Health Main Campus, located in the Franciscan Medical Building at the medical center off Langhorne-Newtown Road.
The expanded service will run from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, Kim said.
The medical center, which owns the physicians group, also is trying to determine what other primary care practices in its system can be merged to create additional satellite operations, she said.
“It is a regional strategy to move ambulatory centers into the community and not be hospital-based,” Kim said. “We know this is a model we want to run with.”
Go to stmaryhealthcare.org/st-mary-health-feasterville or call 215-710-6490 for more information about the recently opened St. Mary Health Feasterville.