Since opening the integrated health center within the Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center (MHD) in St. Louis in January of 2015, the focus has been on growth. This growth has occurred across a variety of fronts: the number of patients seen continues to grow, the complex nature of patient care demands the students rotating through this clinical setting grow in their clinical skills and competence and the integrated approach has allowed other health care providers within the integrated system to grow in their knowledge of chiropractic and its far-reaching benefits.
Barry Wiese, DC, MHA, director of integrated health centers says the experience at MHD is a true integrated clinical setting. “Providers within the system share one patient record. This gives everyone a good picture of the overall health of the patient and makes care efficient and effective, giving better outcomes for the patients.”
“The increased cost effectiveness and efficiency typically leads to better patient outcomes, which is the primary reason integrated models are considered to be at the core of the future of health care. Logan students will be better prepared for opportunities that present themselves within this new health care paradigm, and we’re very proud of that,” adds Dr. Wiese.
Patients at MHD often present with a high degree of case complexity. Their case histories, which may include poverty, abuse and/or injuries like assaults or gunshot wounds are all considerations for the student when evaluating what is impacting the patient’s pain.
Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK™, MHD clinician and assistant professor, says “chronic pain is a complicated entity that requires a multi-faceted approach in its treatment. A multi-disciplinary approach makes the most sense and we've been able to add a missing component to the treatment of chronic pain in the form of manual therapy, nutrition and exercise advice, lifestyle changes and patient empowerment.”
The opportunity to rotate through the MHD clinic is available to approximately 30 students per year, with plans to increase this number. Dr. Mattox states that the experience at MHD is a powerful one and allows the student to prove to themselves that they can handle almost anything in a clinic environment. “They take away unique experiences from this clinic that will not only make them better doctors, but better human beings.”
Logan intern, Ryan Russell treated a woman with chronic pain who was also suffering from depression. “In the beginning, the patient was not satisfied with our care, but after a week, she responded very well and was feeling much better,” he said. “It was rewarding to break through that chronic pain cycle and improve her quality of life.”
Below is a short video with patient testimonials about their experience with chiropractic care at MHD.
Logan University was recently awarded a Resolution from the Missouri State House of Representatives recognizing their contributions at MHD.