Drexel University / Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center [Philadelphia]
Project category: New construction & remodel/renovation
Chief administrator: Patricia Gerrity, executive director
Firm: EwingCole, www.ewingcole.com
Design team: EwingCole (healthcare planning, architectural design, interior design, MEP engineering, structural engineering); Gilbane Building Co. (contractor)
Photography: Halkin/Mason Photography, LLC
Total building area (sq. ft.): 18,000
Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not available
Total construction cost (excluding land): Not available
Completed: July 2015
The mission of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services is to provide quality, comprehensive health service to the clients it serves, with special attention to vulnerable people and residents of public housing units in the 11th Street Corridor. In addition to its direct services mission, 11th Street provides an exemplary model of nurse-managed, community-based care for the education of health professions students and for faculty practice.
The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center is not a typical doctor’s office. In fact, it’s difficult to call it a doctor’s office at all. The center operates as a patient-centered, integrated, and trauma informed model of care. Integrative health care creates a seamless engagement for patients and caregivers in the full range of physical, psychological, social, preventive, and therapeutic factors known to be effective and necessary for the achievement of optimal health throughout the lifespan.
The center’s target population is the residents of the four public housing developments in the 11th Street Corridor where residents have a lower family income. These residents have a high burden of illness from above average rates of diabetes and adverse childhood experiences. The services provided at the center include health and wellness programs; dental care; primary care; physical therapy, social work services; mind and body programs; nutrition; and behavioral health.