St.Vincent opens dual offices
From pregnancy to college graduation, St.Vincent has medical services for patients at one location. On Nov. 19, the health group held a ribbon cutting for St.Vincent Women’s Services and St.Vincent Medical Group Pediatrics at 218 W. 161st St., Westfield.
“It’s about convenience. It’s nice because there are so many families in the area,” St.Vincent Spokewoman Jen Dial said. “This is perfect for moms because you have a Kroger, Starbucks, nail salon and restaurants as neighbors. We know women are busy.”
The Women’s Services side opened in the spring.
“We’ve slowly grown our practice,” Dial said. “We’re so happy to be in Westfield.”
Registered Nurse Kristine Cobb said the practice offers medical services for “women of all ages.” She said the facility offers free pregnancy testing and free 15-minute “get acquainted” visits with the OB/GYNs to “see if it’s a good fit.” Doctors also can perform small procedures at the office in addition to their normal care of patients.
The pediatrics portion of the building opened Oct. 1 and is a satellite office for the 148th Street and Greyhound Court building.
“We feed each other,” Cobb said.
“We meet the needs of the community. The need is here and you go where the need is,” Practice Administrator Linda Harbert said. “We’re very complimentary. It makes good business sense and serves the community well,” she said.
Harbert said the pediatrics practice is for “newborns to college kids” and includes Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Kathryn Wolf, who also is a lactation specialist.
“She’s a really good addition to services,” Harbert said.
While the two offices are connected, they provide different climates for patients.
“The rooms are different, colors are different and exciting for kids,” Harbert said.
The main attraction in the pediatrics side is its bubble machine, which is used to cheer patients up after shots or uncomfortable tests.
“It’s nice to turn it around to something they like,” Debra Davis, M.D., said of visits. “When the doors open they say, ‘bubbles, bubbles, bubbles.’”
St.Vincent Women’s Services
218 W. 161st St., Suite B, Westfield
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Staff: Nicole Bedore, M.D.; Beth Cottongim, M.D.; and Amy Kinnett, N.P.
St.Vincent Medical Group Pediatrics
218 W. 161st St., Suite A, Westfield
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with expanded hours coming soon.
Staff: Debra Davis, M.D.; Paul Jarvis, M.D.; Ann Osuntokun, M.D.; and Kathryn Wolf, CPNP-BC.