U-M established an outreach clinic in Kalamazoo to serve patients who need transplant evaluations and ongoing medical care while waiting for donor organs.
The U-M evaluation team includes physicians from Transplant Nephrology and Surgery, a Transplant Nurse Coordinator who provides patient education along with a Transplant Social Worker. They work out of a Fresenius clinical location in Kalamazoo once a month.
As the long travel to U-M is both a logistical and financial challenge for many of our patients, these changes have resulted in improvement to both patient access and their satisfaction.
The outreach clinic is a model of teamwork across disciplines and highlights our commitment to patient care while serving as a model for future efforts.