The New & Improved JIB Medical

Come and experience the new, improved JIB Medical

 

An update on progress from the Chief Medical Officer, Michael E. Makover, MD, FACP

JIB’s medical facility began over 60 years ago as a minor diagnostic center for limited purposes  It has evolved remarkably since then, and over the past five years it has been almost totally redesigned and enhanced.

It is now a 21st century advanced medical center offering the most up-to-date and cutting edge concepts and technology to help all participants in the PHBP live longer and healthier lives.

It has two purposes: to help patients solve medical problems and to help all participants prevent problems and keep healthy and fit for long lives.

Among the many changes are:

Time for you: Our doctors give patients time and caring. No assembly lines here. Our doctors see at most eight patients in a day, rather than the 20-35 commonly seen almost everywhere else. They have an hour for complete check-ups, a half hour for routine visits, and lots of ancillary help so doctors concentrate on you, not bureaucracy and non-medical tasks.

A new electronic health system: We have a very modern electronic medical record system (eClinicalWorks), but designed so that computer time is minimized to avoid interfering with your care.

Our CardioPrevention Program (CPP) detects and controls atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries, which causes heart attacks, strokes, dementia and many other diseases). It is the most advanced and comprehensive anywhere.

Radiology: Our radiology department does almost any standard x-ray and sonogram study with the most up-to-date equipment. We also do screening mammograms and tests for bone density for osteoprosis. We also offer an easy-to-do Body Composition Test, which helps you understand your balance of healthy muscle and unhealthy fat.

Primary care from experts: Our carefully selected Board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine give you expert, up-to-date medical advice and, if you wish, you can choose one to serve as your primary care doctor, or they can help your own doctor take care of you.

Specialists: We also offer pediatric care (over age four), gynecological check-ups, podiatry and urology consultations. We have two dieticians and one is also a diabetes educator.

Optical benefits: Participants are entitled to a yearly optical benefit and we have optometrists on staff. Jena Optical maintains an office in our department.

Help with stress, smoking and insomnia: Dr Mariusz Mikulec has long offered acupuncture for pain relief, but he is also very expert and skilled in stress reduction techniques. They help with everyday stresses, with periods of unusually high stress, and related problems, and insomnia. He is also part of our very user-friendly Smoking Cessation Program.

A modern facility: The facility has been completely renovated and modernized.

Caring staff: We have added a very strong and patient-oriented management team and our staff is very caring, friendly and skilled.  Our motto is: We are here to help you!

Wellness: We now have a wealth of wellness programs, under the direction of our Wellness Coordinator, Judy Blades. She conducts very popular workshops and many other programs and she works with our dieticians and Dr. Mikulec. She coordinates Lighten Up!, our pilot science-based weight-loss program in association with Weill Cornell (described separately in this newsletter).

Cancer care - MSK Direct: This is a new affiliation with the world-renowned cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering. It helps you be seen very quickly and with all the expert advice and caring you need when facing such a serious illness. The contact number is (844) 506-0587.

This is only a brief description of our exciting new JIB Medical. We will be issuing a complete guide to JIB Medical services in the future.

We invite you to come and make full use of this invaluable benefit that union members and their contractors have worked so hard to provide.

We are here to help!

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What is the CPP Program?

The CPP Program is the JIB’s CardioPrevention Program. It is an easy, painless and harmless way to quickly find out if you are at greater risk for a heart attack or other complications of hardening of the arteries. Stopping atherosclerosis as early as possible gives you the best chance for a longer, healthier life free of many problems atherosclerosis causes most people who do not take action.

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