Mercy Health is pleased to announce that it will open a neurology clinic this week at 1310 Wisconsin Ave., in the Dunewood Medical Center, next to North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCHS) in Grand Haven. The clinic will support the growing number of lakeshore residents in need of neurological disease care, specifically for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke.
The new clinic will provide diagnosis and comprehensive treatment so that patients can see a clinician close to home. It will be staffed with three rotating general neurologists from the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center in Grand Rapids: Drs. Christopher Goshgarian, David Ehrhardt and Emily Johnson. Comprehensive examinations and expert opinions will be provided from our board-certified neurologists. Thorough testing services include memory tests, brain scans and other neurodiagnostic testing. Patients needing additional treatment may be referred to Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center.
“Efficient patient triage and navigation can truly reduce unnecessary emergency department revisits and hospital admissions,” said Dr. Philip B. Gorelick, medical director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences. The opportunity of having specialty physician access and a direct relationship between the specialist and the primary care physicians is also designed to eliminate unnecessary or duplicative testing and increase the quality of patient care.
The announcement about Hauenstein comes just a few months after NOCHS and Mercy Health entered into an affiliation agreement designed to strengthen health care and patient services along the lakeshore, including expanding access to primary care, cardiology and neuroscience specialists. The agreement has allowed each entity to share population health management information and needs assessments, recruit physicians and work together to improve gaps in care and services.