Roland Lucas, Jr. and Einstein Healthcare Network open the Roland DuBois Lucas, MD, Medical Assistant Clinical Training Program
Einstein Healthcare Network will soon have a new training program dedicated to the clinical and professional development of medical assistants thanks to the generosity and foresight of a son wishing to honor his father’s memory.
On November 13, 2014, Roland Lucas, Jr. and Einstein Healthcare Network celebrated the grand opening of the Roland DuBois Lucas, MD, Medical Assistant Clinical Training Program at Einstein's Family Medicine/Internal Medicine Office, located at 5753 Wayne Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
In some circles, Roland Lucas, Sr., MD, may be best known for becoming the first African American physician at Germantown Hospital, which became part of Einstein Healthcare Network in 1997. But for his son Roland and many in the community, Dr. Lucas’s legacy transcends the average physician.
Through a generous gift to Einstein Healthcare Network, Lucas Jr. has found a way to make a long-lasting and meaningful tribute in memory of his father who passed away in 1996.
The training program is the first of its kind within Einstein Healthcare Network.
"More and more we have seen medical assistants graduate from medical assistant programs and schools without the proper education or experience to successfully work in most types of healthcare settings,” states Clinical Administrator Kim Luby, MSN, CRNP, FNP. “It’s important for medical assistants to understand the important ‘why’ behind the work they perform on a day-to-day basis as well as enhance their customer service skills.”
In addition to offering a dedicated clinical training program, medical assistant staff will also enjoy a new space outfitted specifically for their educational needs. Providing opportunities to further develop clinical knowledge while practicing hands-on skills, the new training center features a simulation lab for hands-on practice for critical medical assistant functions such as phlebotomy, performing injections and electrocardiograms (EKG), emergency response and point-of-care testing and screening. The center also provides a large monitor for interactive lectures and case discussion as well as laptops and tough books to practice proper documentation in an electronic medical record.
Lucas, Jr. and Einstein’s clinical administrators understand the real impact this new program, which has been in the planning stages since 2012, will have for those delivering patient care in a primary care setting. The program will empower medical assistants to work at the top of their skill set and to develop into professional leaders within their field.
“We’re grateful to Roland Lucas, Jr. for sponsoring this very important initiative in memory of his father who always provided high quality care for all his patients,” shares Jane Winski, Director of Practice Operations.
For more information about making a tribute gift honoring someone in your life, please contact Ariel Belli at (215) 456-6211 or Belliari@einstein.edu.
Learn about the many ways you can help support the mission of Einstein Healthcare Network.