The primary mission of the Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program is to educate residents utilizing the values and precepts which are fundamental to the way medicine is practiced by family physicians in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, so that they themselves may graduate as family physicians who can provide this model of exemplary primary care to their patients, their patients’ families and the communities which they serve.
Because of the respect that family medicine enjoys in Hunterdon County, residents have a unique opportunity to see how effective a family physician can be. Every facet of Hunterdon’s integrated delivery system is utilized to enhance the resident’s understanding of the full impact of family practice in this country. Our mission allows us to move toward our ultimate vision in family medicine education. This vision is to create a humanistic and compassionate form of education which models completely the humanism and compassion that we teach in the doctor-patient relationship.
Hunterdon Medical Center was created in 1953 with the vision of an integrated health care delivery system in mind. This vision encompassed the following:
- primary care would be delivered by family physicians in the community.
- consultative and specialty care would be hospital-based with patients returned to their personal physicians.
- The hospital would be a training center for family physicians.
This system has worked remarkably well with Hunterdon Medical Center currently enjoying one of the best quality care outcomes in the country, as well as having one of the lowest per capita costs for hospitalization in the nation. Family medicine is REAL in Hunterdon County.
The centerpiece of the Hunterdon Healthcare System is Hunterdon Medical Center. The Medical Center has 178 beds, including advanced medical and surgical units, a 12 bed Intensive Care/Coronary Care Unit, a 20-bed Same Day Surgery Center, a 20-bed Maternity and Newborn Care Center which was one of the first single-room maternity centers in New Jersey, a 10-bed Pediatric unit and a 14-bed Behavioral Health wing.
Hunterdon Medical Center has enjoyed a major teaching affiliation with Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since 1972 and has been involved with the teaching of medical students in physical diagnosis, office preceptorships, third-year clinical rotations and fourth-year electives and sub-internships.
This affiliation allows extended learning beyond Hunterdon, including a variety of exceptional programs such as Advanced Life Saving in Obstetrics, conferences on professionalism, career development, medical-legal issues, contracting and negotiations, research and other scholarly activities.
Hunterdon Medical Center additionally has teaching affiliations and regularly welcomes medical students from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School, and Temple University School of Medicine.
David Skillinge, D.O., FAAFP, FACOFP
Vice President, Medical Practices
Director of Medical Education & DIO
Hunterdon Medical Center
2100 Wescott Drive
Flemington, NJ 08822
Hunterdon Healthcare has launched an Integrative Medicine Program, with two locations in Flemington and Lambertville. Services available in Flemington by appointment include acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, herbal medicine consultations, and Reiki. Community acupuncture services – also known as group acupuncture – are available at the Phillips-Barber Family Health Center in Lambertville every first and third Monday from 9 to 11 a.m., with pre-registration required for participation.
Mindful-based stress reduction (MBSR) classes will be offered periodically at both locations. An open house will be held at the Flemington location at 215 Route 31 on June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., where an acupuncture demonstration and Reiki talk will be given. Complimentary chair massages and mini-Reiki sessions will also be available.
The new program will provide area residents with access to integrative therapies delivered in collaboration with their existing physicians. A growing body of evidenced-based studies suggests that integrative medicine can reduce patient out-of-pocket expenses and improve outcomes, particularly in the case of chronic diseases, which account for three-quarters of our country’s disease burden. Chronic diseases are largely caused by behavioral factors, such as stressful lifestyles, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise. Integrative medicine offers a number of interventions that can help patients adopt more healthier lifestyles.
The new program is led by Monica A. Meyer, MD, Integrative Medicine Medical Director and Tamara Berisha, M.A., L.Ac., L.M.T., Integrative Medicine Program Director. In addition, Eleanor Schrieber, Reiki Master, will be offering Reiki treatments in the Flemington office.
Meyer received her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She recently became board-certified in integrative medicine from the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and also serves as a faculty physician for the Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, where she teaches principles of integrative medicine to HMC resident physicians. Meyer started researching and learning about integrative medicine therapies over 15 years ago when patients began coming to her with questions about various modalities. Since then, her practice of medicine has evolved to one that takes an integrative approach with every patient encounter, which dovetails nicely with her original specialty of family medicine.
“Family medicine is a specialty that emphasizes the whole person, so integrative medicine is a natural extension of that,” says Meyer. “Our integrative medicine program compliments Hunterdon Healthcare’s natural strength in primary care, by providing a range of therapies that are patient-centered and supportive of health and healing. Our integrative medicine staff will remain in constant contact with each patient’s primary care physician to ensure they are kept in the loop about all of the therapies their patients are receiving.”
Berisha holds a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and is licensed in acupuncture, massage therapy, nutritional counseling and herbal medicine. She has been practicing in Hunterdon County for over 10 years. Schrieber, a 23-year employee of Hunterdon Medical Center’s Pain and Palliative Care Center, is a Reiki master and teacher. She started her Reiki practice four years ago by delivering Reiki treatments to pain and palliative care patients.
Research shows that, when delivered in combination with conventional medicine, integrative medicine has the potential to positively impact patients struggling with a variety of health issues for example, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse, menopause, and depression/anxiety.
To make an appointment for services in Flemington or Lambertville or to R.S.V.P for the open house on June 11, call 908-788-2572.