Senior medical center opens in Mayfair

Dedicated Senior Medical Center recently held the grand opening of its fourth Philadelphia location, its first in the Northeast.

The dream team: Pictured are (from left) Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging; Drs. Susan Schayes, Regional Chief Medical Officer for Dedicated Senior Medical Center Philadelphia; Christopher Chen, ChenMed CEO; and Sophie Parker, Market Chief Medical Officer for Dedicated Philadelphia. Source: Donovan Blake

Dedicated Senior Medical Center last week held the grand opening of its fourth Philadelphia location, its first in the Northeast.

The new center is at 6431 Sackett St., in the Mayfair Shopping Center.

The Oct. 3 event featured an Independence Blue Cross information table, tours, food, music, bingo, photo ops in a grounded hot air balloon with the Philadelphia skyline as the backdrop, big screen TVs and an appearance by the Ladder 20 fire truck.

Among those in attendance were Mayor Jim Kenney, City Councilman Bobby Henon, state Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, officials from the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Brian Lobley, president of commercial and consumer markets at Independence Blue Cross and a native of Unruh Avenue and Battersby Street who was eager to grab a slice of pizza at Montesini, located in the same shopping center.

The Rev. Michael Olivere, pastor at St. Timothy Catholic Church and parochial administrator at St. Martin of Tours, offered a prayer before the ribbon cutting.

Dr. James Chen is the company founder. His son, Dr. Christopher Chen, explained the center’s mission.

“We honor seniors with affordable VIP care that delivers better health,” he said.

Chen went on to talk about statistics showing many doctors who see 2,500 patients annually, spending an average of 16 minutes a year with them.

At Dedicated Senior Medical Center, a doctor will see 400 patients a year, and the hope is to reduce hospitalization rates by 50 percent.

“Seniors need more than 16 minutes a year,” Chen said.

The center, which opened Sept. 17, features a radiology room, a pharmacy and a large waiting area with a chess table, coffee maker, refrigerator and fruit bowl.

Cooking and aerobics classes and acupuncture are planned.

And, according to Chen, the staff is friendly.

“You can get your medications right then and there before the doctor leaves the room,” he said.

Patients must be 55 or older and have Medicare Advantage. Kenney said he hopes President Donald Trump does not destroy Medicare and Medicaid by giving tax breaks to the rich.

Dr. Susan Schayes, the chief medical officer, said the center features a staff of 20 and offers home pickups.

“It’s door to door service,” she said. “It’s terrific. And it’s complimentary.”

For more information, call 844–892–2273 or visit

“We’re accepting new patients,” Schayes said. ••