Two pediatric endocrinologists, one of whom is from Great Bend, have opened an outreach clinic at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. Both specialize in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Max Feldt, D.O., formerly of Great Bend, and Dee Spade, D.O., will staff the clinic, which opened to area patients early in April. The next scheduled visit is May 15.
“The physicians welcome pediatric patients who have endocrine or diabetes conditions,” said Michelle McMillan, director of physician services. “These services will complement those offered by the great pediatricians here in Great Bend and other area communities.”
Children’s Mercy wanted to provide this specialty clinic to make life a little easier for patients and their parents, she said. It will mean less travel to facilities in Salina, Wichita or possibly Kansas City for this kind of specialized care.
“St. Rose is a great facility and is centrally located,” McMillan said. “It also provides excellent accommodations for clinic patient visits and the educational programs we will schedule for patients and families in the future.”
McMillan also indicated that St. Rose’s central location allows the patients of Dr. Feldt and Dr. Spade from southwest and northwest Kansas to travel to Great Bend instead of a more distant location. In fiscal year 2011, Children’s Mercy had 66 endocrine patients from northwest Kansas, with 114 patient visits.
Leanne Irsik, St. Rose senior vice president/administrator, said she is excited about this new partnership with Children’s Mercy.
“The availability of these two professional and compassionate specialists will greatly enhance the lives of some local and area families,” Irsik said. “It is just one more example of how St. Rose is teaming up with other providers to offer medical services locally.”
The specialty clinic is located in the Medical Office Building on the west side of St. Rose. The doctors will see patients in Suite 120 of the Medical Office Building offices, which are next door to the lab.
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. The 319-bed hospital provides care for children from birth through age 18, has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services, and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists.
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