400 Mack Detroit Health Center opens to serve community, educate students
October 11, 2020
The 400 Mack Detroit Health Center in Midtown opened with an in-person ribbon cutting on Sept. 15. Operating in the new facility are Wayne Health and Wayne Pediatrics, two separate medical practice groups affiliated with Wayne State.
The center will put an emphasis on serving the “vulnerable and underserved” while tackling community health care in metro Detroit, according to Wayne Health. This mission is being carried out through the Center for Population Health Accountability and expanding access to primary care, preventive health and chronic disease management services.
Wayne State University Physician group filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and emerged in 2019. They rebranded as Wayne Health in 2020.
As part of a new Urban Children’s Health Collaborative, Wayne Pediatrics aims to create a healthier future for the community through pediatric care, research and medical education and training, Wayne Health said in a Sept.16 press release.
Wayne Pediatrics was created after University Pediatricians, a physician group once connected to WSU, became affiliated with Central Michigan University in July.
“Wayne Pediatrics and the collaborative will reframe how children and families receive care and services within the metropolitan Detroit community through fundamental systems evaluation and redesign —working with children and families, and collaborating with academic and community colleagues,” said WSU Director of Communications Matt Lockwood.
Serving as a training site for WSU School of Medicine, the new facility will benefit communities and students, said Eric McGrath, associate professor of pediatrics at WSUSOM. Students were fulfilling the pediatric component of their training at Children’s Hospital before UP changed partners.
“There’s a real need for Wayne State School of Medicine to have a pediatrics department, you cannot have a medical school without one,” McGrath said. “It’s a mandatory rotation, mandatory clinical clerkship, if you will.”
Students are expected to begin training in the new facility in January 2021, but some students are already getting involved at the health center, McGrath said.
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