A Regional Crisis Solved – Hamilton Health Answers a Vital Need in the Area of Urology
“Our patients needed urologic specialty care. However, most of our patients lacked transportation to get to our clinics within the city of Flint. How could we possibly expect them to travel to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor?”
Dr. Michael Giacalone, chief medical officer for Hamilton Community Health Network, stated the question that confronted the healthcare community in the summer of 2013. Faculty members from the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine Department of Urology led by Dr. David Bloom, M.D., met with the executive team of Hamilton Community Health Network, including Clarence Pierce, chief executive officer of Hamilton.
They all recognized the need to offer urologic services for the under-served population in Flint and Genesee County. As a result, over several meetings with Dr. Bloom and members of his faculty, Hamilton has been able to provide expert specialty-level urologic consultations and care. And it has opened the first Pediatric Urology Clinic to patients at their Main Clinic location on a monthly basis.
Providing care for urologic conditions since 1920, Michigan Urology is the leading regional referral center for complex urologic surgery. The care teams consist of surgeons, primary care providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, sex therapists, nurses and medical assistants who work together to provide care and offer treatments when they are necessary.
While at Hamilton Community Health Network, doctors see patients with urinary and prostate conditions as often as several times monthly providing Flint-area patients and local healthcare providers with a more convenient way to access the University of Michigan’s network of resources related to understanding, treating and curing urologic conditions.
The pediatric urology team treats the full range of disorders of the genital and urinary organs such as bedwetting and daytime wetting (enuresis and incontinence), bladder exstrophy, buried penis and circumcision, and foreskin concerns.
The team is board-certified and has completed additional training to be able to fully treat children. According to Dr. Bloom, “having our faculty from the Department of Urology work with Hamilton has been a benefit not only for Hamilton but for the University of Michigan.”Due to Dr. Bloom’s guidance and involvement with the Urology Clinic, he was awarded the Innovation in Health Care Award for 2017 during Hamilton Community Health Network’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.
Tourinary Tract Can Be Embarrassing Or Uncomfortable For Children, And Stressful For Parents.
The University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine Department of Urology has a dedicated team of prestigious doctors who provide expert care to Hamilton patients on a monthly basis. They are John Stoffel, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Michigan Medicine, Department of Urology; John Thomas Wei, M.D., the Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs, Urology HSR, Fellowship Director; Ganash Palapattu, M.D., Chief, Division of Urologic Oncology, Urology; Lindsey Herrel, M.D.; Paholo Barboglio Romo, M.D.; and Dr. Meidee Goh, M.D. All are Assistant Professors of Urology.
The team understands that problems with the genitourinary tract can be embarrassing or uncomfortable for children, and stressful for parents. When parents bring their children to the urology clinic at Hamilton, they can be confident that the care their child receives will be respectful and caring.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents might wonder whether their child see a pediatric urologist?
If a child has an illness or disease of the genitals or urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder), a pediatric urologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child.
Pediatric urologists are trained to focus care on the special needs of children and their parents—even on potentially sensitive and embarrassing subjects related to genitalia and problems with voiding. They know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes young patients relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric urologists often use equipment specially designed for children. This helps create a comfortable and non-threatening environment for your child.
If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric urologist, you should feel assured that he or she has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and comprehensive training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating children’s urinary tract disorders