Central Michigan University’s latest health clinic isn’t merely a building staffed with doctors and nurses. It’s a concrete example of the
College of Medicine’s philosophy of bringing care to where it’s needed.
Even if it’s just off campus.
Dr. George Kikano, the college’s dean, not only preaches its mission, he lives it by treating patients at the 10-month-old
CMU Health, Primary and Specialty Services Clinic.
“Like most other physicians, we went to school to become physicians, not administrators or educators,” Kikano said of himself and the clinic staff. “I personally would never accept a position unless I had a chance to continue to see patients.”
He also noticed something was missing.
“There’s a big need in the Mount Pleasant community for primary care services,” he said. “We opened the clinic to meet that demand by providing high-quality, easy-access and best-services primary care for the community, both at CMU and outside.”
The clinic was opened in October at 2600 Three Leaves Drive, welcoming patients from university faculty and staff as well as the public. Students continue to be seen year-round at
CMU Health-Student Health Services at Foust Hall and during the school year at Troutman Hall.
Kikano said the College of Medicine is fortunate to have attracted so many talented people who share the college’s philosophy.
But he said three things make the clinic truly special: “Easy access for patients, great services and the best quality of care.”
Fred Creighton, the medical school’s assistant dean for clinical operations, added: “It’s a lower cost than an urgent care or ER visit.”
Dr. Matthew Jackson is medical director of CMU’s sports teams. He also treats clinic patients and takes the med school’s values to heart.
“I really enjoy building relationships with a patient,” he said. “I am a family medicine primary care doctor at my core.
“We like to partner with the patient and put them a lot of times in the driver’s seat.”
Anne-Marie Wiggins, a family nurse practitioner, said she also likes building partnerships with her patients.
“We have an internist, a sports medicine physician … a whole dream team of specialists,” Wiggins said.
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays.