Bayview-Lakeview union ‘seamless’Published 12:20am Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bayview Physicians Group has assured the community that Lakeview Medical Center, which it has taken over, will continue operating as normal.
“The key thing to emphasize (is), we have got a practice with a legacy dating back to 1906,” Bayview’s president and chief medical officer, Tony Cetrone, said of Lakeview.
“We are pretty proud of that association, (and) we certainly want to see Lakeview not only be consistent, we certainly intend to very intently support it.”
The merger between Lakeview, a multi-specialty group, and Bayview became effective Monday.
Meanwhile, Bayview is due to open in June a “state-of-the-art” health care facility on Godwin Boulevard, near the intersection of Hillpoint Boulevard.
Offering urgent-care, walk-in services seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the new facility will have “five or six appointed primary care physicians who will be practicing a model of delivery called Patient-Centered Home Medical,” Cetrone said.
Under the PCHM program, accredited facilities foster better partnerships between patients, as well as their families, and physicians.
The PCHM physicians will “primarily be family practice and internal medicine” doctors, Cetrone said, and the full-time urgent care staff would probably include another three doctors.
“It will be maybe eight to 10 doctors in total,” he said.
Cetrone stressed that Lakeview patients will probably not even notice the change.
“Our M.O. is to keep the reputation and legacy intact of any existing practices,” he said. “It will appear hopefully seamless. … There will be maybe a (Bayview) notation on the bill … but it’s actually going to continue as Lakeview Medical Center.”
In adding Lakeview to the mix, Bayview will gain medical services including internal medicine and primary care, pediatrics, pulmonary and critical care, rheumatology, dermatology and hospitalist medicine, according to Bayview’s website.
Bayview’s specialist medical services will expand to include ear, nose and throat services, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and obstetrics and gynecology, the website says.
Ancillary services will expand to include an accredited ambulatory surgery center, a reference laboratory and a CT scanner.
Bayview services will also continue in Franklin and Isle of Wight County, according to the website.