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8ACHIEVEMENTSINHEALTHCARETheworkhasbeensuccessfulbecauseofadministrativesupportfromConcordHospitalMedicalGroupandawiderangeofdedicatedmedicalspecialistswhosharemutualrespectandputpatientsrstwithlessconcernaboutprotectingtheirmedicalturf.YouhavetobewillingtorefertoacolleaguewhocanhandleitbettersaidDr.Hallonquist.Youneedtobeabletoputyouregoasideknowingyourlimitationsandknowingyourstrengths.AtthePelvicMedicineClinicDanascareteamincludedhergynecologisturologistphysicaltherapistaqua-therapistnutritioncounselormentalhealthcounselorandchiropractoracupuncturist.Theycontrolledaseriousbladderailmentwhichwascausingpainwhensheatemostfoods.Theyalsodealtwithherabdominalpainwidespreadmuscularpainfatigueanddizzinessallconnectedinsomewaytothebladderissue.Medicalprofessionalsfromafaralsoareimpressed.WehavepeoplecomingfromaroundthecountrytoseehowwehavestructuredthisDr.Triacasaid.Thevisitorsarelearningthatestablishingcollaborationstakeshardwork-bythemedicalspecialistsandbyCHMG.Theircommitmenttoprovidingbettertreatmentfortheirpatientsmeantovercomingmedicalandnancialroadblocks.TraditionaltreatmentforcomplicatedailmentslikeDanaswouldlikelyhaverequiredhertovisitdifferentspecialistsindifferentofcesondifferentdays.Insteadtheclinicbroughtherandherspecialiststogetherwithherasanimportantpartoftheteam.GoingtotheclinicwasagodsendsaidDana.Ifeltlikeacommitteewastreatingmeanddontbelieveitcouldhavebeendoneanyotherway.PartofwhatimpressesmethemostisthatitisrighthereinConcord.Danawascomfortedtoseeherurologistspeakingwithhergynecologistandbothconferringwithherphysicaltherapistwhoevenaccompaniedhertoachiropracticacupunctureappointment.CHMGandthedoctorsinvolvedinthecollaborationsrealizethetraditionalapproachdoesnotmakesense.AndKrisGreenwhohelpsadministerbothcollaborationssaidthesetypesofcollaborationsrequireinvolvingdoctorswithspecialpersonalities.Inmedicinetheconceptofcrossingspecialtyboundariesisnotuniversallyacceptedshesaid.Findingphysiciansthatembracetheconceptoftrulyworkingtogetherandwithwillingnesstoadmittheydonthavealltheanswershasbeenverygratifying.CHMGadministratorsrecognizedthesechallengesbuthavebeenwillingtoworkthroughthemwhichincludedaddressinginsurancepaymentissuesallwiththepatientinmind.TodayCHMGsmedicalpracticescontinuetoexploreothercollaborationsalldesignedtobringmoreoftheirinnovativemedicalspecialiststogethertocontinueimprovingthequalityandconvenienceoftreatmentfortheirpatients.CONTINUEDFROMPAGE6AdditionalestablishedCHMGclinicalcollaborationsincludeMultipleSclerosisClinicNeurologyAssociatesRehabilitationServicesNutritionServicesandMSSocietyDiabeticFootClinicWoundHealingCenterConcordOrthopaedicsandDiabetesSelf-ManagementProgramOutpatientIVAntibioticClinicInfectiousDiseaseWoundHealingCenterandConcordEmergencyMedicalAssociates