Clinic Corner: Michigan Medicine Surgical Services at Chelsea

February 7, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

The team from Michigan Medicine Surgical Services at Chelsea.

Last week, Headlines readers learned about the first procedure performed by Michigan Medicine’s bariatric surgical team at the organization’s joint venture at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

But the bariatric team is just one of several Michigan Medicine services now being offered in western Washtenaw County, including family medicine, ob/gyn care, cardiology, ophthalmology, endocrinology and many other specialty services

In the debut of Headlines’ latest series, “Clinic Corner” — which will highlight the important work being performed at the organization’s ambulatory care units across the state — here’s what you may not know about Michigan Medicine Surgical Services at Chelsea.

Opening its doors

The clinic is a stand-alone facility adjacent to St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital. It opened for patient care on Monday, Jan. 28 (the first bariatric procedure took place prior to the official opening).

Located at 14650 E. Old U.S. Highway 12, Suite 201, the clinic was established in support of the joint venture with St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

The joint venture allows Michigan Medicine to share knowledge, resources, best practices and patient protocols while together meeting the needs of those in the Chelsea area.

The new clinic features a number of services, including:

  • Minimally-invasive surgery and bariatric surgery (including hernia procedures): Led by Nabeel Obeid, M.D., Jennifer Norman, PA-C and Alexandra Kennedy, M.P.H., R.D.
  • Urology surgery: Led by Casey Dauw, M.D.
  • Pre-op clinic: Led by Kim Schommer, M.S., PA-C

Patients meet with faculty and staff for routine pre- and post-operative visits in the stand-alone clinic, which also houses procedures such as stent pulls and cystoscopies. Surgeries themselves, however, take place in the operating rooms within St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital.

A focus on the patient experience

The new facility took more than 20 months of planning and dedication and is the result of a true partnership between employees across a number of disciplines.

“People on the activation team worked really well together, and we were told that this was one of the smoothest Michigan Medicine facility openings they’ve seen in a while,” said administrative manager Angela Haley. “This project was truly a collaborative partnership that formed relationships that will last far beyond the opening.”

The team constructed a clinic that focuses on the patient experience, creating a modern facility that provides the same high-quality Michigan Medicine experience as all other ambulatory care locations.

For example, the clinic now offers streamlined pre-op services, eliminating a patient’s need to travel to the main medical campus or Domino’s Farms for their pre-op appointment prior to having surgery at Chelsea.

In all, 12 faculty and staff members across three disciplines now work at Chelsea, and the numbers may grow in the near future as the clinic expands beyond its initial offerings.

A big thank you goes out to the many individuals who made the Michigan Medicine Surgical Services at Chelsea opening a success. The Chelsea staff looks forward to serving Chelsea and the surrounding community in the years to come!