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Hopkins clinic set for senior center


Keswick Multi-Care Center, the 117-year-old nursing home and assisted living facility, and Johns Hopkins Medicine announced a 10-year alliance yesterday that will include a "Hopkins at Keswick" outpatient clinic at the home's North Baltimore campus.

"It's one of those things that seemed to be a natural from the beginning," said Edmond P. Nolley Jr., president of Keswick's board. "They were looking for an outlet in North Baltmore that could carry their banner. We were looking for a strategic partner that could help us grow."

Hopkins also will do research and training at Keswick - for example, some Hopkins residents will do rotations there - and Hopkins will oversee the work of Keswick's medical staff.

The two also will work together on "strategic planning initiatives" to provide different forms of off-campus care.

"The leadership of Keswick and of Hopkins realize the need to develop new models of care based at home and in the community," said Dr. Richard G. Bennett, executive medical director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Center.

Nolley said Keswick is looking, both on its own and with Hopkins, at ways to "get out into the surrounding community and find ways to work with [local residents]." He said plans would be developed after surveying needs in the community.

Keswick has long provided care for the elderly, but always on its campus. It has 222 nursing-home beds, 46 assisted living units and a day care program for 60 seniors.

As part of the 10-year alliance, Bennett becomes executive medical director for Keswick and serves on Keswick's board.

Dr. Isabelle MacGregor, a longtime member of Hopkins' part-time faculty, remains Keswick's medical director.

The medical staff at Keswick, mostly doctors with community practices who visit the campus on a regular schedule, will remain in place.

"We're going to use our own doctors," Nolley said. "There aren't going to be any real changes except Hopkins is going to be helping us."

Nolley said Keswick would pay "a significant annual fee" to Hopkins for its oversight.

The Hopkins outpatient clinic is expected to open in July 2002 in renovated space it will lease from Keswick.

Bennett said it will be staffed initially with "two or three full-time practitioners" providing primary care, with regular visits from specialists in cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and podiatry.

The practice will focus on "older patients who are independent and living in the community," he said.

He said the relationship with Keswick was unique for Hopkins, and "not part of a regional stepping out" in which it would be seeking similar partnerships.

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