In June 2013, faculty members from the University of Michigan–run Michigan Medicine (formerly called University of Michigan Health System), Department of Urology, led by David Bloom, M.D., met Hamilton Community Health Network’s executive team, which included Clarence Pierce, chief executive officer, and Michael Giacalone, Jr., M.D., chief medical officer. Conversations were held on the unmet medical needs of the underserved population in Flint and Genesee County.
“Our patients needed urologic specialty care,” Giacalone states. “However, most patients lacked transportation to get to our clinics. How could we possibly expect them to travel to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor?” As a result, over several meetings with Bloom, and members of his faculty, Hamilton added urologic consultations and care while opening the first pediatric urology clinic to patients at its main clinic location monthly.
Providing care for urologic conditions since 1920, Michigan Medicine’s urology department is the leading regional referral center for complex urologic surgery. The care teams consist of surgeons, primary care providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, sex therapist, nurses and medical assistants who work together to provide care and offer treatments when they are necessary.
Hamilton Community Health Network offers services for patients with urinary and prostate conditions. This provides Flint-area patients and health care providers a more convenient way to access the University of Michigan’s network of resources related to treating and curing urologic conditions, such as exstrophy, buried penis and circumcision and foreskin concerns.
Members of the pediatric urology team are board certified and have completed additional training to be able to fully treat children. According to 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 as well.”
The urology team comprises prestigious doctors who provide expert care to Hamilton patients on a monthly basis. The team understands that problems with the genitourinary tract can be embarrassing or uncomfortable for children and stressful for parents. When parents bring their child to Hamilton’s urology clinic, they can be confident that the care their child receives will be compassionate and caring.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatric urologists possess the necessary certifications and the clinical expertise to treat children with conditions affecting the genitals, bladder, ureters or kidneys. Its page titled “What Is a Pediatric Urologist?” explains, “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 voiding problems. They know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric urologists often use equipment specially designed for children.” The benefits of a referral to a pediatric urologist include a full range of treatments, high level of experience in interacting with children while treating their urologic disorders, high education level and comfortable clinical environment.
To schedule an appointment with Hamilton Community Health Network’s urology clinic, call 810-406-4943. For more information about all the services provided, visit Hamilton’s website at www.hamiltonchn.org
Dr. David A. Bloom, M.D., chair of Michigan Medicine Department of Urology, served as chief of Pediatric Urology in the Department of Surgery from 1984 to 2001. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1971.