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PHILADELPHIA: One-stop shop for women’s wellness opens in Narberth

One-stop shop for women’s wellness opens in Narberth

Thursday, March 14, 2013

By Caroline O’Halloran

A new style of primary care medicine – by, for and about women – has come to the Main Line. Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center (RWWC) is open and accepting new patients at its first suburban location in the old Royal Bank building in Narberth.

RWWC introduced its unique, one-stop shopping model for women’s health and wellness at its first center on Pine Street in Center City five years ago.

Instead of visiting specialists up and down the Main Line, as an RWWC patient you can get your Pap test performed, your sinus infection diagnosed, and your sun-damaged skin treated without leaving the building. Dealing with depression or weight gain? There are specialists on hand to help you cope. Is it time for a bone density test and mammogram? A women’s imaging center is on the same floor.

An all-female staff of internal medicine physicians provides primary care, routine gynecology and skin care and wellness services. Also on staff are clinical psychologists, registered dieticians, certified personal trainers and medical aestheticians.

“We’re a convenient, safe place for women,” says RWWC CEO Bob Saltzman, a Wynnewood native and Lower Merion graduate. “The data shows women prefer seeing a woman practitioner. And all of us can attest to wanting a better primary care experience.”

According to Saltzman, RWWC patients get all the benefits of concierge medicine – longer visits and better access to their doctors – but without the annual retainer fee which typically runs around $2,000.

First appointments are a full hour and annual check-ups are a half hour.

Sick patients are seen the same day they call, and those who call after hours speak to a doctor, not an answering service. The center is also open nights and Saturdays – a rarity in primary care practices. And doctors are easily accessible by e-mail.

“I like to call it Marcus Welby 2.0”, says Saltzman. “Nobody wants to sit in a waiting room for an hour. If you’re sick, you want to be seen that day. And most people want to see a board-certified doctor, not a nurse or a nurse practitioner.”

Physician’s fees are in line with traditional primary care practices and insurance is accepted, he says.

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