April 10, 2019 — Last week the Englewood Health Physician Network marked the grand opening of its first multispecialty practice, bringing primary care and specialty care to residents of Cliffside Park and the neighboring community. Englewood Health Physician Network – Cliffside Park offers both primary care and a broad range of commonly accessed specialists to patients in one convenient location. The new practice located at 695 Anderson Avenue, part of the Towne Centre in Cliffside Park, is now accepting patients.
“Our goal is to provide primary care and multispecialty care in the same place for the benefit of our patients,” says Stephen Brunnquell, MD, president of the Englewood Health Physician Network. “Now when a physician sees a patient and their condition requires a referral to a specialist, the physician can make that immediate connection and maybe even an introduction. It’s ultimately better for patient care.”
In addition to internal medicine and family medicine, many common specialties are available at Englewood Health Physician Network – Cliffside Park, including cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary medicine, and gastroenterology. Other services, including infectious disease, orthopedics, and rheumatology, will be coming soon.
Selected because of its accessibility by both car and public transportation, the 6,000-square-foot facility, located inside the Towne Centre, includes 12 exam rooms, all new lab and imaging equipment, and modern, well-appointed physician consult offices. Cliffside Park Mayor Thomas Calabrese and council members, along with other town officials and hospital leadership, were present for last week’s ribbon cutting and grand opening.
At Englewood Health Physician Network – Cliffside Park, patients can access primary care for acute, chronic, and routine medical care, school or occupational physicals, immunizations, and travel medicine, as well as onsite testing such as laboratory and imaging studies, EKGs, stress testing, and pulmonary function tests. In the near future, the practice will offer extended hours including early morning and evening hours, as well as Saturday appointments.
“This is equally about convenience and improving patient care,” says Dr. Brunnquell. “Patients are more likely to follow through when the office is familiar to them. Because the specialists are co-located with their primary care physicians, it’s easy. They already know the staff, the building, and the parking. It feels familiar and, therefore, more comfortable. It’s very reassuring for patients.”
By choosing a doctor who is a member of the Englewood Health Physician Network, patients benefit from a shared electronic health record system, which helps improve timely communication between physicians, as well as between physicians and Englewood Hospital. With this medical record system, doctors can access all of their patients’ medical information, read other specialists’ notes, see prior imaging studies and laboratory results, and communicate electronically with other providers throughout the network.
“Our research indicated that Cliffside Park was in need of greater availability of primary care,” says Dr. Brunnquell. “More than ever, convenience is important to patients, and primary and specialty care need to be available where patients can access it. The addition of Englewood Health Physician Network – Cliffside Park is one more way we are meeting the needs of our community.”