by Yvette D. Burch RN
There is a new facility in our neighborhood, Dedicated Senior Medical Center (DSMC). It is located at 1575 N. 52nd. Street, Philadelphia Pa. 19131 in the 52nd street shopping Mall. As the
name implies DSMC is designed for senior citizens in the area, those residents in the 55 plus community. The mission of DSMC is to provide seniors with quality healthcare options that will improve their health and happiness. DSMC can provide door to door transportation, driving patients from there front doors to the medical center, when needed. They also accept many different
Medicare Advantage plans. Insurance representatives are always there to explain the types of insurance they accept.
As you enter the medical center which is called the living room, you can grab a drink and a snack. The average wait time is 15 minutes or less. DSMC offers all specialties such as cardiac, endocrine
pain management and podiatry. All radiology tests are done on premises except mammograms, but they will coordinate with other health centers. All radiology rooms are digital and results are given
within 24hrs. Certain medications are available in 60 –90-day supplies which is one of the best benefits – affordability.
DSMC also offers acupuncture as an alternative method instead of typical pain management. All members are given a life card. This card contains patient medical history, such as known allergies
and your latest EKG. It also gives access to enter the facility.
Each member is assigned a case manager, social worker, and nurse. All diabetic members are custom fitted for diabetic shoes. Each doctor has a maximum of 450 patients. Once that doctor reaches that patient capacity another doctor is added to the staff. This makes the doctor to patient visit more personable.
DSMC is under (PCP) Primary Care Provider which generates information automatically to DSMC. If a patient requires overnight care at a hospital a DSMC case manager and nurse will check on the
member. There is no overnight care at provided DSMC.
The founder of DSMC is Dr. J. Chen, his mission statement is “We believe in listening to and communicating with our patients in order to deliver care with respect and dignity – treating each patient as though they were a member of our own family”. After his own experience with a life-threatening illness, Dr. Chen vowed to create a place where patients receive first-class medical care
delivered with compassion and respect.
As a registered nurse myself, I found the tour of the medical center to be amazing. The set-up of the facility is excellent. The staff that talked to me was very professional and personable. I do agree this
medical center is a 5-star facility. DSMC has 3 other locations in Philadelphia 6431 Sackett Street in Mayfair, 2101 West Lehigh Ave in North Philadelphia and 5675 N. Front Street in Olney. Their
website is http://www.Dedicated.Care