Swope Health Services has opened a new Specialty Clinic to provide patients with easier access to specialists in diseases of the heart and digestive system.
The Specialty Clinic at SHS Central launched in mid-June with service on Wednesdays each week for cardiology and gastrointestinal (GI) referral patients. SHS providers refer patients to the clinic for diagnosis and care of their special needs.
According to SHS records, in 2016, 700 patients with heart disease received care at an SHS clinic and more than 1,400 patients were referred to a GI specialist. Providing the specialist services directly at the SHS Central facility will remove barriers and make it easier for patients to get the care they need, said Dr. Kenneth Thomas, SHS Chief Medical Officer and a pediatrician.
“Many of our patients lack options for specialty care,” said Dr. Thomas. “The new clinic gives us a way to help these patients by making it easier and more convenient to access specialists. Our hope is that this new service improves their overall health and quality of life.”
SHS provides all registration support, clinical support staff, exam rooms, supplies and equipment for the specialists. For patients, there is no change to the normal process for registering, scheduling and qualifying for co-payments through insurance, Medicaid or Medicare or sliding fee discounts.
The specialists in heart and digestive system health come to SHS through a partnership with University Physicians Associates and Truman Medical Center (TMC).
In addition to the specialists, TMC will also offer financial counseling services at SHS for patients who are referred to TMC for any reason. The counselors will help patients determine if they are eligible for medical coverage assistance programs and provide assistance with registration at TMC. The goal is to make those referrals easier for SHS patients, speeding access to TMC hospital care.
The SHS Specialty Clinic is located in newly renovated space on the first floor of SHS Central, just to the right of the main lobby. The clinic is equipped with three exam rooms, a lobby and reception area and a provider office.
Join us at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 for our grand opening celebration in the lobby at SHS Central. We’ll have refreshments and an opportunity to tour the clinic and meet representatives from Truman Medical Center and SHS.