This fall marks three years that we’ve been operating our Baltimore County clinic in the Eastern Family Resource Center on the Franklin Square Medical Center campus. And our upcoming anniversary promises to be a particularly noteworthy occasion:
We’ll be celebrating in brand new—and greatly expanded—digs!
We’re scheduled to move into our new Baltimore County home—in Suite 301 at 9150 Franklin Square Drive—on Saturday, September 30. And thanks to our Baltimore County clients, the new space will feel just like home from Day One. Our clients have spent the latter part of the summer creating artwork for our new walls, a signature element of all our clinical spaces.
Expanded staff + services
Although just a hop, skip and jump from where we are now, the new space will be more than four times the size of our current county space (less than 500 square feet!) and allow us to grow both our staff and services. For three years, we’ve provided fulltime medical, pediatric, case management and outreach services, with behavioral health care one day a week and psychiatry half a day a week. Come October, we’ll offer fulltime behavioral health care, and the addition of a new Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) will expand our chronic disease management capacity. This bigger team all in one spot means improved continuity of care and greater care coordination, and room to grow our client and community outreach.
“Our goal has always been to meet clients where they are. But because of our size, when a client comes to us, we can’t always offer them what they need—at least not then and there,” says Baltimore County Medical Director Tobie Smith. “We don’t always have what they need, when they need it. But with this move, we will.”
Art out of the gate
We all know that art—and especially art created by our clients—is core to who we are as a community, what we do and how we do it. Our walls at our Downtown and West Baltimore clinics are full of the creations of our client artists. But our current Baltimore County clinic doesn’t have much wall space for art and has largely had to go without. So when clients learned of our move to the bigger space in September, they seized the opportunity to change that.
During a recent Baltimore County client advocacy group meeting, David Cunningham, a community artist who has worked with our Downtown clinic art group, led the group in making abstract prints on Bristol paper with black ink. One client participant described the day as a big success, and the group looks forward to inviting David back again—and to the endless possibilities posed by those big, new, empty walls…
Stay tuned right here for move-in details. We’ll have the cameras clicking!