Serving the West End: resident physicians make their mark at this new clinic

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Lauren Pacheco, M.D. with a medical resident. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.

Tucked away on the second floor of Princeton Baptist‘s Professional Office Building 2, you’ll find a new clinic with a big mission. The Baptist Health Foundation Center for Medical and Surgical Care trains resident physicians while caring for the West End community. Keep reading to find out more, including how you or someone you know can access the clinic’s services.

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Staff at the Baptist Health Foundation Center for Medical and Surgical Care. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.

To find out more about the clinic and what it does, we reached out to Dr. Elizabeth Ennis. She’s Brookwood Baptist Health’s Chief Medical Officer and the head of the clinic’s residency program. Here’s what she said:

“This is the teaching clinic for the Internal Medicine and General Surgery residency programs.

It’s physically located at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, which is the sponsoring institution for our residency programs. 

Our clinic serves patients in the contiguous Princeton area and those who have a relationship with the clinic or who have been in the hospital at Princeton Baptist. The clinic is there when they need a primary care doctor or when follow up from inpatient surgeries is needed.”

If you or someone you know could use this type of healthcare, visit the clinic’s website or call 205-783-3505 to make an appointment.

A recent donation from the Baptist Health Foundation made a new home for the clinic possible

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Dr. Allison Rogers, Brookwood Baptist Health, associate program director of internal medicine and medical director of the clinic. Photo via Brookwood Baptist Health

A recent generous donation from the Baptist Health Foundation helped move the clinic’s functions, which used to be separated between two different sites, to one new, upgraded location.

“We were in a very outdated clinic, but now we’ve been able to build out a fresh clinic space that’s up to date. It’s great for our patients, our resident physicians and our staff.”

Dr. Allison Rogers, Brookwood Baptist Health, Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of the clinic

Not only is the new space bigger, but everything’s upgraded. Now there are facilities for respectful and private patient care as well as for residents’ learning. There’s also a dedicated space for pharmacy students, clinical social workers and other staff.

According to Alison Scott, Executive Director of the Baptist Health Foundation, the clinic meshes perfectly with the Foundation’s goals:

“What was really appealing about this clinic build-out project was that it’s located in the West End, a part of town that we like to be in—it’s where our flagship Princeton hospital is. 

And then it has a teaching component for resident physicians who are training at Princeton hospital. 

When it ticked all those boxes, it was really a no-brainer for us to provide the grant money to build it out.”

A closer look at the residency program at the Baptist Health Foundation Center for Medical and Surgical Care

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The new clinic provides ample space for medical residents to do their work. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.

To learn more about the residency program at the clinic, I spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Ennis and Stan Breaux, Executive Director of Brookwood Baptist Health’s Medical Education Program. Here’s what they said:

“We train internal medicine resident physicians and general surgery resident physicians, which are two of the five different residency programs we have at Brookwood Baptist Health. 

The main purpose of the clinic is to give those residents a long-term experience with a panel of patients.”

Stan Breaux
Princeton Baptist Clinic
Taking care of behind-the-scenes work. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.

Dr. Ennis elaborated on the educational function of the clinic:

“We designed this clinic specifically to allow for three different types of educational areas:

1. Areas where teaching in small groups can occur.

2. Areas where our colleagues in the pharmacy residency can have a workroom and interact with resident physicians and medical students.

3. Places where our resident physicians can discuss the care of their patients with their attending physicians in a private, educational setting.”

Clinic hours are Monday through Thursday 8AM-4:30PM and Friday 8AM-noon. For more information, visit the clinic’s website or call 205-783-3505 to make an appointment.

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