Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Elmwood Health Center?
A. The Elmwood Health Center is a free standing, community based health center that provides a variety of health care services to a diverse patient population that includes both persons with developmental disabilities as well as individuals from the community at large. The Elmwood Health Center is certified under the auspices of both the NYS Department of Health as an Article 28 Ambulatory Care & Diagnostic Treatment Center as well as the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities as an Article 16 Clinic. Both professional as well as ancillary services are available to the patients of the Elmwood Health Center and include Pediatric and Adult Medicine, Gynecology, Podiatry, Physiatry, and Psychiatry as well as Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiometry. In addition, the Elmwood Health Center has been awarded Level 3 Certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Commission on Quality Assurance. Level 3 is the highest level possible and is an indication of the quality of the care provided by the providers and staff of the Center.
Q. I like to be prepared. What should I bring on my first visit?
A. Ideally, you should bring the following information:
Summary of medical history (include past illnesses, conditions and surgeries)
List of current medications
Immunization records, especially for children
Previous medical records, if possible
Name and phone number of pharmacy
Medical release of information, signed
Legal guardian's name, address, and phone number, legal guardianship papers
Health insurance cards and/or ID numbers
Heath Care Proxy or we will provide one
Q. What if I get sick after hours?
A. After office hours, you may contact a nurse at the Elmwood Health Center for advice on an urgent medical need. Call (716) 874-4500. If necessary, a doctor will be consulted.
Q. I would like to contact someone in charge of my care. Who is in charge?
A. Your doctor or nurse practitioner is responsible for your health care. If you have a medical concern or comment, please share it with him or her. If you have a question about an appointment, bill, or your account, call our front desk staff at (716) 874-4500.
If you feel your concern is not being resolved satisfactorily, please do not hesitate to contact the Elmwood Health Center Director , at 874-4500.
Q. My question is not listed here! How can I get an answer to my question?
Call us at (716) 874-4500. Our friendly staff is ready to serve you!
Q. I noticed that you are affiliated with People Inc. What is People Inc.?
People Inc. is Western New York’s leading non-profit health and human service agency providing quality and innovative services to over 10,000 individuals with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has helped individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity. Find out more by visiting the People Inc. web site at http://www.people-inc.org