GMCC currently provides medical services to patients through two different approaches. Acute care is provided two evenings a week through the utilization of volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses. Patients in this program utilize services of the Clinic much like they would a family doctor, being seen for episodic medical conditions such as a cold, rash, undiagnosed pain, etc. Patients being seen in the acute care program may see a different volunteer doctor at each visit.
Individuals diagnosed with chronic condition, defined as a medical problem that cannot be cured although treatments may bring the condition under control, such as diabetes, hypertension or COPD, are seen in the Chronic Care Clinic. The Chronic Care Clinic operates five days a week and is staffed by paid and volunteer providers and nurses under the direction of the Medical Director and some volunteer doctors. The chronic care model allows these patients to be seen by the same health care provider creating opportunity for relationship development and giving the patient a better chance to be involved in his/her health management.
Additional Medical Services
In addition to providing the above Clinical services, the Clinic also refers patients to RHS (Riverside Hospital System), Sentara, and Bon Secours through a Charity Care Agreement for labs, diagnostic procedures, and also emergency services and hospitalizations; to area specialty physicians, and to other outpatient services such as physical therapy and diabetic education classes at RWRH (Riverside Walter Reed Hospital).
TPMG (Tidewater Multispecialty Medical Group) provides MRI's and CT scans for the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic.
VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) provides many medical/ surgical services for our patients.
Every Woman's Life
Riverside Cancer Center hosts the Every Woman's Life Clinic at Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic monthly, where pap smears and breast exams are done. Mammograms are ordered, if indicated. Call 1-800-520-7006 to schedule an appointment.
Whether it be, the pharmacist helping the patient to understand the medications he or she has been prescribed, or the Nurse Practitioner helping the patient to see how certain life styles impact on their illness or the dietitian assisting diabetic patients in the purchase and preparation of food that is good for them, patient education is an important part of the treatment plan for all GMCC patients.
Mental Health Services
The Clinic provides a mental health assessment for each new patient. The Community Services Board for the area provides psychiatric consultation for our patients.
Group Work with Pre-Diabetic Patients
Recently, after training and a grant from the American Diabetic Foundation, several staff are conducting group classes aimed at helping pre-diabetic patients deal more effectively with their illness.