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The Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. Teaching Health Center at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) embraces growth with the unveiling of the new family medicine and behavioral health facility at the Doris Ison Health Center. The 7,000-square-foot space is equipped with 15 state-of-the-art family medicine exam rooms and seven consultation rooms for behavioral health services. This clinical expansion not only provides additional access to healthcare for CHI patients, but also serves as a great learning environment for the Teaching Health Center residents. Chief of Family Medicine, Dr. Elizabeth Philippe, highlights that the driving force behind this expansion was the commitment to elevate education for the residents and ensure proper care for patients.
“The goal was to have an integrative space for the residents where they can see patients and be able to provide primary care,” Dr. Philippe said. “We wanted to have a bigger space with more exam rooms so we can accommodate all 35 residents on their clinic days.”
In this new facility, both teams enjoy designated spaces alongside support staff and nurses. The real advantage, however, is the emphasis on residents working closely together, promoting collaboration and opportunities for learning.
“With the family medicine and psychiatry residents working side by side, they can work in a close environment,” Dr. Philippe said. “If a family medicine resident needed to consult someone for a behavioral health issue they could, and vice versa.”
As the Teaching Health Center continues to grow and evolve, these advancements will help better prepare residents for their future as doctors. This progress not only improves the residents’ training but also promises improved patient care, reflecting a positive path for CHI.