Treat and Release Medical Center of Bay Ridge, one of the few 30-year veterans of the Ridge’s Third Avenue strip, celebrated its 30th anniversary on Tuesday, September 16, with smiles and a lot of balloons in the waiting room.
“Being in Bay Ridge has been one of the best choices I’ve made in my life, only second to my marriage and my kids,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hyman, a Bay Ridge resident himself, of the once-urgent care, now primary-care facility at 8012 Third Avenue. “I truly love my patients and this community.”
The beauty of Treat and Release, Hyman said, is its community-based doctors.
“My colleague Dr. [Molly] Poole is also of Bay Ridge, and she goes to church with many of our patients,” he noted, adding that he himself often sees patients in the aisles of the supermarket.
Even more important, he said, is the shift Treat and Release has made over the course of the last 30 years from urgent care to primary care.
“The difference,” Hyman said, “is that urgent care treats a sore throat, and then you’re on your way. With primary care, we care about your sore throat, and your diabetes and your heart condition. Prevention is high here, and we provide patients with continuous care.”
The center’s practices aren’t all that’s evolved over time, he said.
“Treat and Release started with one physician, one resident nurse, and two receptionists,” Hyman said, “and now we have primary care and subspecialties, and we’re seeing on average 55 to 60 patients a day. It really is awesome.”
Treat and Release is open six days a week — Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.