Dr. Daniel Monti at the new Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center-Villanova, slated to open Nov. 1//Photos by Tessa Marie Images.
“People want face time with physicians, but most primary- care doctors spend their days putting out fires and can’t focus on proactive wellness as much as they’d like. We can,” says Monti.
Jefferson’s Big Main Line Move
Nov. 1 is the projected opening date for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals’ first medical center in our area. Tentatively called Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center-Villanova, the facility will be located just east of the I-476 interchange on Lancaster Avenue. Its primary backer is Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, whose Marcus Foundation is the source of a $14 million grant.
The facility will be a twin to Jefferson’s Myrna Brind Center in Philadelphia. It will offer holistic primary care, acupuncture, micronutrient infusions, and personalized health programs for busy executives. Many of the services are fee-based. “We carved out a niche downtown, and a growing number of people understand it,” says Dr. Daniel Monti, the executive and medical director of both Myrna Brind facilities. “They don’t mind paying for one-on-one time with our physicians.”
Six to eight primary-care providers will work at the Main Line location. “We’ll be more physician-centered than the majority of primary-care practices that now rely on nurse practitioners,” Monti says. “People want face time with physicians, but most primary-care doctors spend their days putting out fires and can’t focus on proactive wellness as much as they’d like. We can.”
Research is another big objective of the center. Jefferson’s specialty in neuroscience will carry over to Villanova’s neurocognitive program to treat patients with head injuries, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. “We want to focus on the brain,” says Monti. “We’re going to refine treatment protocols by using the most cutting-edge diagnostic technology in the region.”
The facility’s PET-MRI—also referred to as PET-MR—will be the first of its kind in the Main Line area. “A PET scan is a test with a lot of radiation involved, and that’s of concern to physicians,” says Monti. “We’ll reduce that risk with this hybrid machine, which allows us to do functional MRI with PET to get a picture of the brain very quickly. It’s efficient, and it gets us information that’s difficult to obtain at one time.”