Friday, July 07, 2017

Infections Beware: Grand Opening for Bartlett Specialty Practices

Written by  Bill Redmond-Palmer
Lending his name– Dr. John. G. Bartlett Lending his name– Dr. John. G. Bartlett

On May 1st, the fight against infectious disease in Baltimore gained more firepower with the dedication of the John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice, successor to the Moore Clinic and Blalock Specialty Practice. Among the some 200 attendees were Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Johns Hopkins officials, as well as patients, providers, staff, and community members.

“Our grand opening resembled a wedding,” said Kisten Nolan, the clinic’s nurse manager. The Dunbar High School jazz band provided entertainment.

The new clinic will co-locate services for patients with an array of infectious diseases including those following organ transplants or insertion of medical devices, HIV, hepatitis, or infections involving bones or lung.

The site will bring to one location some 70 specialists, including a nutritionist, on-site pharmacy, phlebotomy services, and case managers to insure patients have coordinated care. The clinic includes a fibroscan, pentamidine inhalation room, a sputum induction room, and a treatment room for admissions, acute infections and wound care, an express testing lab, specialty pharmacy and facilities for research recruitment.

One major new step for the clinic is making the patient visit paperless. In the old clinic, a packet of papers followed each patient from check in to the vitals section, their provider, to the lab, social work, or any other visit, then back to checkout. The new system uses a series of colored dots, integrated into each patient’s electronic record, that indicate when the patient is ready to see the provider, when the patient needs an immunization or other intervention, when the patient is ready to see the lab; when they are ready for social work or a sub-specialty, and when the patient is ready to check out.

“State-of-the-art technologies and patient centered operational innovations begin in the bright waiting room and continue throughout a patient’s visit,” said Nolan.

The clinic is named after Dr. John G. Bartlett, the former Stanhope Bayne-Jones Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins medical school from 1980 until 2006. Dr. Bartlett partnered with Frank Polk from the university’s School of Public Health and Hygiene to establish both an HIV outpatient clinic and an HIV inpatient unit that provided the standard for clinical care, research, and training in HIV. Both units still exist today and the outpatient clinic transitioned into the John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice.

The John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice is located on the ground floor of the Park Building at Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1717 East Monument Street in Baltimore.

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