Quillen ETSU Pediatrics
JOHNSON CITY (January 18, 2019) – The East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics recently celebrated a ribbon cutting unveiling its newly renovated clinic at 325 North State of Franklin Road.
The renovated space provides additional patient rooms and multiple specialty rooms within a cohesive structure to communicate and provide complete care for patients and their families. Highlights include additional exam rooms, as well as an adolescent wing specifically designed for the unique needs of these patients.
The space also strengthens the clinic’s interprofessional approach to healthcare.
“This renovation has allowed the NICU high-risk clinic to relocate to our Pediatric clinic space,” said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for health affairs at ETSU. “Interprofessional education is very important at ETSU, and this new facility will allow for further collaboration.”
The clinic provides general pediatric medical care, as well as specialties such as cardiology, nephrology, behavioral health, genetics, mental health, social work and nutrition.
The renovation also involved several inter-college collaborations, including photography from students in the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences and artwork from digital media students in the College of Business and Technology.
Photography captures scenery from the region, and the digital media students used the ReadNPlay book series that was developed by pediatric residents at ETSU as inspiration for the fun, localized artwork throughout the clinic.
The renovations will help the clinic continue leading edge work in pediatrics. Recently, Quillen ETSU Pediatrics received the National NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home certification with a Behavioral Health Distinction.
“We are proud to be the first pediatric practice in the state to receive this Behavioral Health Distinction and offer this new facility to the people of the Tri-cities area,” said Dr. Gayatri Jaishankar, medical director for the clinic.
Jaishankar was among the speakers at the Jan. 17 ribbon cutting. Other participants included Dr. Wilsie Bishop, vice president for health affairs at ETSU; Dr. Bill Block, interim dean of the Quillen College of Medicine; Dr. Dawn Tuell, interim pediatrics department chair; and the University School middle school choir.