The Lawrence F. Flick Memorial Center is the clinical site for PDPH's Tuberculosis Control Program. The Center is operated in partnership with the American Lung Association and is the only publicly funded TB clinic in Philadelphia.
The Flick Center opened in 1998 to aid Philadelphia's efforts to wipe out tuberculosis. It also serves as a referral center for complicated TB cases from other districts in Pennsylvania. The Flick Center has also been effective in evaluating and treating newly arrived immigrants.
The Flick Center provides Directly Observed Therapy (DOT), medications, and clinical evaluations free of charge.
Patients can come to the Flick Center to take their medications Monday-Friday from 8 am to 12 pm.
Mass transit tokens and snacks are provided for scheduled patients. Arrangements can be made for home DOT on a limited basis.
Clinical sessions with a physician are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Pediatric clinical sessions are scheduled on Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm.
Whether you are a suspected TB patient or are having complications with the medication, the doctor is available for medical evaluations. Other available services include tuberculin testing, sputum induction, HIV screening, and screening for possible side effects from taking TB medications.
Lawrence F. Flick Memorial Center
305 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)
Lawrence F. Flick was born on August 10, 1856 in Carrol Township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Originally interested in law, medicine became his main interest after several illnesses interrupted his work. Dr. Flick entered the Jefferson Medical College and received the gold medal for surgery upon his graduation in 1879. Following graduation, he took his internship at Old Blockley, the Philadelphia General Hospital, then the most prestigious training program available.
After his own bout with consumption (tuberculosis), Dr. Flick adopted the eradication of tuberculosis as his cause. He founded the Pennsylvania Tuberculosis Society, the first state organization in the nation devoted to wiping out tuberculosis. He championed case registration and education about the contagious nature of the disease. Dr. Flick's belief in the scientific foundation of medicine and his embrace of the results of research led him to found or organize a number of institutions for the care of tuberculosis patients and the study of the disease. These institutions included the Rush Hospital of Consumption and Allied Diseases, the Free Hospital Association for Poor Consumptives, the Henry Phipps Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Tuberculosis, and the White Haven Sanatorium.
Lawrence F. Flick was a tireless physician who practiced until 1938, the final year of his life. He was a scholar, organizer, author, and historian. The legacy of his crusade to eradicate tuberculosis is the improvement in the care of patients with tuberculosis and the dramatic reduction in cases and deaths due to this disease during the span of his career in Philadelphia.