Cur­tain go­ing up on new clinic for Broad­way ba­bies

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

There’s a new act open­ing on Broad­way, with a ro­tat­ing cast of “stars” who aim to make sure the shows on the Great White Way go on.

It’s a clinic spear­headed by the Ac­tors Fund, a na­tional so­cial ser­vices agency ded­i­cated to help­ing per­form­ing artists and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try em­ploy­ees, in part­ner­ship with Mount Si­nai Doc­tors.

The clinic opens March 6 in Times Square.

The Sa­muel J. Fried­man Health Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts at 729 Sev­enth Ave. will of­fer pri­mary care and will add ro­tat­ing spe­cial­ists, in­clud­ing der­ma­tol­o­gists and ear, nose and throat physi­cians.

Those spe­cial­ties are ex­pected to be in high de­mand as per­form­ers of­ten suf­fer from up­per res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses, and makeup and cos­tumes can take a toll on the skin, Dr. Rob­bins Got­t­lock, se­nior med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Mount Si­nai Doc­tors Down­town, told Crain’s New York Busi­ness.

The Ac­tors Fund raised $2 mil­lion for the project from foun­da­tions.

The 5,300-square-foot clinic will have nine exam rooms and be ca­pa­ble of treat­ing four times the number of pa­tients the Ac­tors Fund served at its Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic on West 57th Street, said Bar­bara Davis, the not-for­profit’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. The Hirschfeld clinic will close in March.

One of the two pri­mary-care physi­cians prac­tic­ing at the Fried­man cen­ter will be trained through a fel­low­ship pro­gram in sports medicine, pro­vid­ing ex­per­tise on treat­ing phys­i­cal in­juries suf­fered by per­form­ers and stage­hands.

Mount Si­nai’s physi­cians will help their pa­tients get back to work as quickly as pos­si­ble with­out com­pro­mis­ing their health, Got­t­lock said. For ex­am­ple, its doc­tors will make quick di­ag­noses of or­tho­pe­dic in­juries and use an ul­tra­sound ma­chine on-site to guide in­jec­tions that can al­le­vi­ate pain or in­flam­ma­tion.

“The mantra ‘The show must go on’ is the re­al­ity in their lives,” Got­t­lock said.

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