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6ACHIEVEMENTSINHEALTHCAREAroundtheworldorganizationsbusinessesandcountriesworktogetherorcollaboratebenettingeachotherandthevariedintereststheyserve.AtConcordHospitalMedicalGrouphealthcarespecialistsaredoingthesamestrengtheningtheorganizationandservingasingleinteresttheirpatients.ExpertiseCollaborationInnovativeCarePatientsbenetwhenmedicalspecialistsdaretodefytraditionalboundariesOnthedayafterThanksgiving2011whenmanywererecountingaholidaymealsurroundedbyfriendsandfamilyDanaMyskowskiofHennikerINSETnoticedsignsofanillnessthatsoonhadhersurroundedbyauniquemedicalteamthatbecameacrucialpartofherextendedfamily.WithalistofsymptomstwopageslongthecauseofherillnessremainedelusiveuntilshewasreferredtoConcordOBGYNaCHMGmembergynecologistHeidiHallonquist.Dr.HallonquistispartofagroupofdoctorsandothermedicalproviderswhomeetonceaweektoshareinsightsandexperiencetodiagnoseandtreatpelvicmedicinepatientsatConcordHospitalCenterforUrologicCare.TheweeklyclinicisagroundbreakingcollaborationthatincludesDr.HallonquistgynecologistCathyYiandurologistVeronicaTriaca.Theteamtreatsconditionssuchasfemalepelvicpainvulvo-vaginaldisordersincontinenceorfemalesexualdysfunction.Thegroupalsoincludesnursesaphysiciansassistantnursepractitionerphysicaltherapistsasurgicalmedicalassistantandaschedulingcoordinator.ThePelvicMedicineClinicisoneofseveralformalcollaborationsinwhichConcordHospitalMedicalGroupspecialistscrosstraditionalmedicalboundariestoputtheirpatientsatthecenterofateamapproachtotreatmentthatisattractingnationwideattention.InanotherexampleDr.JosephSnowofCHMGsWoundHealingCenterandDr.ToddBurdetteofCHMGsConcordPlasticSurgeryworktogethertohealpatientswhooftenhavepainfulwoundsthatresisttreatmentrestrictinglifestylesandputtingpatientsatriskoflosinglimbs.Inbothcollaborationsthemedicalprovidersconsulteachotheraboutpatientsseepatientstogetherduringregularlyscheduledclinicsandcallinotherspecialistswhenneeded.ThereisnothingmorepowerfulthantheabilitytoexaminethepatienttogetherandbrainstormandbuildoffeachothersexpertiseDr.Snowsaid.Thistypeofcollaborationalsopreventsapatientfromhavingtotravelfromonepracticetoanothertoobtaintheexpertisetheyneed.Forpatientstheteamapproachoftenmeansfewerappointmentsshorterlengthoftreatmentandevenfewersurgeries.ForinstanceDr.TriacaofCenterforUrologicCarereconstructsthepelvicsupportofinternalorgansandcorrectsstressurinaryincontinenceafterDrs.YiorHallonquistofConcordOBGYNperformahysterectomysamesettingsamedayoneanestheticsaidDr.Triacawhospearheadedthepelvicmedicinecollaboration.CONTINUEDONPAGE8