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Caring for the Underserved in Berks County

M e d i c a l r e c o r d f e at u r e

Penn State Health St. Joseph
Downtown Reading Campus

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he Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Campus is the
largest ambulatory care facility in Reading and a critical
access point in the heart of the city. Centrally located at
6th & Walnut Streets in the former Community General Hospital
site, this health hub has been owned and operated by St. Joseph
Regional Health Network (SJRHN), now part of Penn State
Health, for over 20 years The 266,000 square-foot, two-building
campus has undergone numerous renovations and expansions to
better serve the needs of our diverse community. A major focus is
on connecting patients with vital services in a "one stop" setting.
Adult and pediatric primary care, immunizations, prevention and

A FIVE-COUNTY
COMMUNITY HEALTH
NEEDS ASSESSMENT

OVERVIEW

Berks | Cumberland | Dauphin | Lancaster | Lebanon
Social Determinants of Health

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Improved Access to Care
Conducted on behalf of:
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

May 2019

wellness programs, chronic disease care, obstetric/gynecological
care, as well as many diagnostic and therapeutic services, can all be
found within the PSHSJ Downtown Campus.
As was affirmed by recent Community Health Needs
Assessments, the many health status concerns of the urban
underserved cannot be addressed without greater access to
effective, committed and comprehensive care. More than 60
percent of the City of Reading's residents are uninsured or receive
Medicaid/Medicare. Reading is also a majority Latino city where
language and cultural barriers must be navigated skillfully along
with other racial, ethnic, educational, and socio-economic-related
health disparities. With a fluctuating, highly mobile
and predominantly poor city population, Reading
depends on the PSHSJ Downtown Campus to meet
the complex needs of local families.
Each year, tens of thousands of patient
encounters occur on the campus with over 75% of
patients served from Medical Assistance, Medicare,
self-pay or charity care. The campus provides over
$2.5 million in uncompensated care annually.
Whether by connecting people with a family doctor,
providing accessible specialty clinics and innovative
group prenatal care, or educating future medical
professionals, the SJMC Downtown Campus has
become a model of urban healthcare delivery.
Indeed, the PSHSJ Downtown Campus is a
busy health hub with more than 20 departments,
support services, and community partner programs.
Existing primary medical and dental services at the
Downtown Campus are delivered through the St.
Joseph Medical Group Family and Women's Care
center by five separate but integrated clinic pods:
Family Practice, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics,
Family Practice Residency and Dental. The center
also works with specialty physicians throughout the
area to get necessary services offered on-site. Full
service laboratory, imaging, and pharmacy add
further convenience.
For more information, please visit:
https://www.thefutureofhealthcare.org/st-josephmedical-center-downtown-campus/.

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