New clinics connect community to improved health care
The new Wow! Clinic at the University Health Center Downtown is an eye-catching experience because of a wonderful collection of art produced by San Antonio artists. It also is named the Wow! Clinic because of an attitude of service that will make patients say "Wow!" about the way they are treated.
Carlos R. Jaen, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of family and community medicine, says the clinic is a team concept that has been adopted effectively in other cities. Essentially, each family seen in the clinic has a team of physicians coordinating every memberís care.
In addition to routine primary and prenatal care, the clinic has a focus on disease management for diabetes and hypertension. Procedures routinely offered include sigmoidoscopy, colposcopy, joint injections, excision of joint abnormalities and other common office procedures.
Preliminary quality-of-care studies show that the team approach is enabling new patients to be seen within two days of their phone calls and that the new environment is positively perceived by patients.
The clinic, located on the third floor of the University Health Center Downtown, 527 N. Leona St., is a collaborative project of the Health Science Center and the University Health System. For more information or to set up an appointment, call (210) 358-3985.
National Womenís Center of Excellence Clinical Care Center
Women, health care professionals and administrators gathered May 11 at the University Health Center Downtown to announce the launch of a clinic that will provide "one-stop" health care for San Antonio women. The National Womenís Center of Excellence Clinical Care Center is a new collaboration of the Health Science Center, the University Health System, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the University Physicians Group.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently selected San Antonio as one of only two new sites for a National Womenís Center of Excellence. The designation enables expanded multidisciplinary clinical care, an increased education and training component, and enhanced research activity in womenís health issues. The HHS Office of Womenís Health awarded the four-year, $600,000 contract.
"We have joined Harvard, Yale, UCLA and other nationally recognized centers, and that says a lot about San Antonio," said Martha Medrano, M.D., M.P.H., one of the Womenís Center of Excellence investigators and assistant dean of continuing medical education in the Health Science Centerís School of Medicine. She said the new clinical service site is an important piece of the new center, which will involve all five schools of the Health Science Center.
"The focus is to provide total health care for the woman, with emphasis on prevention of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and HIV," added Donald J. Dudley, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Health Science Center and center director of the National Center of Excellence in Womenís Health. "We will be working in the areas of most need and hopefully serving women who have neglected preventive health care over the years."
The National Womenís Center of Excellence Clinical Care Center is located on the first floor of the University Health Center Downtown, 527 N. Leona St.
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