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Patient-centered healthcare in Midtown – Available February 1st

New developments in midtown neighborhoods continue into 2011 with UNMC Physicians Turner Park clinic moving to 139 S. 40th St. The clinic employs a patient-centered approach that focuses on the care of the whole person. For diabetes patient Cannizzaro Wilson, the move means more than just better parking.



The relocation means access to educational resources that help him manage his diabetes. The new clinic, UNMC Physicians Midtown, offers greater patient capacity, along with the dedicated staff of professionals from Turner Park who help motivate patients to take control of their own health.

“The clinic makes me responsible for weekly sugar checks,” Wilson said. “I call in or they call me to help monitor improvements. No other clinic has ever reached out to me like this.”

Currently situated at 2955 Farnam St., the Turner Park clinic has approximately 10,660 patient visits each year. The majority of patients are dependent on the healthcare services provided by the community clinic. Wilson was first diagnosed with Type I diabetes 17 years ago but did not become an active participant in his treatment until several months ago at the Turner Park clinic.

An integrated, team approach to healthcare sets Turner Park apart from most other primary care clinics in Omaha. Case workers, nurses, pharmacists and physicians collaborate with the patient every step of the way, from diagnosis to advanced treatments.

“We see healthier outcomes when patients and doctors work together,” Rebecca Runge, M.D., ambulatory care chief resident said.

Wilson checks in on a weekly basis to report his blood sugar levels. Case manager Susan Burbach oversees his diabetes care, measuring his progress and consulting periodically with others involved with his care at the clinic.

“Success is possible when the right services and the right accountability is provided for patients,” Burbach said.

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