New urgent care clinic opens in University City

Posted on 07 December 2016

chestnutst-300x182myDoc Urgent Care clinic opened its doors last month at 3717 Chestnut St (next door to the International House). This is the second myDoc Urgent Care location in the city (the other is in Center City).

myDoc Urgent Care is a walk-in-facility that treats common, non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. The clinic offers on-site X-Ray, EKG, lab services, prescription and orthopedic supplies six days a week.

When you are ill or injured, if you can’t get a doctors’ appointment, or don’t have a family physician in town, myDoc Urgent Care is a great option and may save you time and money.  Continue Reading

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New community group offers help in processing traumatic current events

Posted on 29 September 2016

A new community discussion group hosted by Council for Relationships (CFR) held its first session on September 17 at its University City location at 4025 Chestnut Street. The public forum, titled “Reflections,” was created to provide a safe and supportive environment for those who have been emotionally impacted by troubling current events. Events may include local or global tragedies, mass killings, global warming, civil rights and other issues. This is an opportunity to share your feelings, listen to one another, and connect with others.

With this new program, CFR seeks to provide community, dialogue, and emotional support for those who need it. The West Philadelphia community members are invited to talk about their responses to current events in a supportive group dialogue, which will be facilitated each month by CFR’s staff of clinical therapists.  Continue Reading

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Jaden’s Voice opens West Philadelphia office; Community Open House this Saturday

Posted on 08 April 2016

Jaden’s Voice, a non-profit organization supporting families and people impacted by autism in underserved communities, has recently opened an office in West Philadelphia.

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Councilman At-Large Derek Green and Founder/CEO of Jaden’s Voice, Terri Matthews, both long-term advocates in the autism community, will host a special Autism Awareness Community Open House on Saturday, Apr. 9, at Jaden’s Voice West Philly location at 5548 Chestnut St. The purpose of this event is to help build awareness about autism in the community and provide resources for families who are impacted by autism. This event will also serve as Councilman Green’s ongoing autism initiative as Chair of City Council’s Committee on Disabilities, and support Jaden’s Voice official grand opening of their West Philadelphia office, which will now offer programs and services directly to the community.  Continue Reading

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Vital Step Physical Therapy & Fitness opens on 50th and Baltimore

Posted on 09 February 2016


Delaila Aryee (left) and Lyndsay Brown (right) with former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter.

A new fitness and physical therapy private practice with a focus on affordable physical therapy and rehab, fitness classes and open gym options, has recently opened at 5008 Baltimore Avenue. Vital Step Physical Therapy and Fitness co-owners Delaila Aryee and Lyndsay Brown, both Doctors of Physical Therapy, are young entrepreneurs who were featured on A Woman’s Nation in September 2015. Their dream then was to open their own, compassionate practice that would serve their community.

“We are very passionate about making an impact in our local community because we have spent many years here as clinicians, residents and graduates from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (also located in West Philly),” Aryee and Brown told A Woman’s Nation.

vitalstepyogaThanks to the women’s passion and a little help from KIVA Zip, which provided a microloan allowing to renovate the space and to purchase necessary equipment and supplies, Vital Step opened its doors in November.

At Vital Step, you can get physical therapy services for various neurological conditions, including stroke, brain/spinal injury, Parkinson’s disorder, Multiple Sclerosis and more; orthopedic conditions, including joint replacement therapy, arthritis/joint pain, lower back/neck pain, sports injuries and more. The facility also offers balance and fall prevention programs, CHF and COPD management, postpartum therapy, diabetes and high blood pressure management, and other services.


Rehabbing an ankle injury at Vital Step.

As concerns fitness and health education, Vital Step offers general and specialized fitness programs, including yoga, low impact aerobics and Zumba/dance, and nutrition education.

Vital Step Physical Therapy & Fitness is located at 5008 Baltimore Ave., on the 2nd floor of the Mercy wellness center (it is not affiliated with Mercy).

For more information, visit: You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

(Photos from Vital Step’s Facebook page).

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CityLife opens two clinics in West Philly, holding open house at its University City clinic

Posted on 23 October 2015

CityLifeUCCityLife Neighborhood Clinics, which focuses on providing comprehensive care to seniors, opened the doors of its University City clinic (37 S. 40th St., 2nd Fl) last week, the third CityLife clinic in the city to begin welcoming members in recent weeks. Another West Philly-based CityLife clinic recently opened in the Spruce Hill neighborhood – at 4237 Walnut Street. The timing of the clinic openings coincided with Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage, which kicked off on October 15.

CityLife recently announced the addition of Philadelphia native Dr. Marisa Gefen, a primary care physician, as its Practice Team Leader. In addition to seeing patients and leading an integrated primary care team at CityLife’s University City location, in her new role, Dr. Gefen is responsible for setting clinical standards and protocols for CityLife’s three Philadelphia clinics in University City, Spruce Hill, and The Avenue in North Philadelphia.

“CityLife’s model represents a new type of care – one that is designed for the member and built on teamwork, relationships, and service,” Dr. Gefen said in a statement.

CityLife’s three Philadelphia clinics care for members through a holistic model of team-based primary care. Primary care teams are comprised of CityLife members, their families, a doctor or nurse practitioner, nurse, clinical and administrative assistants, and medication and health guides. Clinics offer convenient hours, access to staff 24/7, walk-in and same-day care, and transportation.  Continue Reading

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Got healthcare? Today is the deadline to sign up

Posted on 31 March 2014

As you may have heard, today is the drop-dead deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

The easiest way to do that is to go to the website here. As we have mentioned before, if you need some help navigating this thing, call a Free Library of imgresPhiladelphia branch, set up an appointment for today and get in there. There is a Certified Application Counselor Designated Organization at many library branches. They can help you.

Here are some pertinents:

• Charles L. Durham Library | 3320 Haverford Ave. | 215-685-7436
• Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library | 125 S. 52nd St. | 215-685-7429
• Walnut Street West Library | 201 S. 40th St. | 215-685-7671

Here is what you will need when you sign up (via the Free Library):

• Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants).
• If employed, your employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements).
• Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household.
• A completed Employer Coverage Tool form: For every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for, you’ll need this form.

To speak directly with a customer service representative from the Health Insurance Marketplace please call 1-800-318-2596. Assistance is available in multiple languages.

The Obama administration has been really going after “The Young Invincibles,” you all between 18-29 who think it’s a wise financial move not to pay for insurance. Obama has a message for you.

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