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MIDDLETOWN — Middlesex Health’s new Center for Digestive Health brings together physicians, nurses and supportive providers, such as physical therapists, mental health professionals and integrative medicine practitioners, allowing patient care to be coordinated between all providers, even though they may all not be in the same office.
This center improves both patient care and the overall patient experience, according to a news release. It allows for any problems to be addressed more efficiently and effectively.
There are many diseases that fall under the umbrella of the Center for Digestive Health, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s Disease and colitis; and diverticulitis, the release said.
“We can better manage and treat these diseases when we all work together,” chief of gastroenterology, Dr. Nadeem Hussain, said in a prepared statement. The Center for Digestive Health coordinates the programs and services offered by Middlesex Health to treat the person, he added.
“The hope is that a collaborative environment will improve the lives of those who must deal with the challenges that these diseases present,” Hussain said in the release. A nurse navigator will help patients throughout their experience, and educate them about their condition and related care, and guide them through any necessary treatment, according to the release.
“I’m ready to help patients with whatever they need,” nurse navigator Stacy Daddona said in the statement. “My goal is to make a patient’s experience with Middlesex as easy and stress-free as possible.”
Through the center, communication is improved between Middlesex Health’s colorectal surgeons and other specialists. If a patient is having difficulty in certain areas, such as with nutrition, incontinence, or anxiety or stress related to their illness; resources can be easily accessed.
In addition, patients benefit from Middlesex Health’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which allows the team to collaborate with Mayo Clinic providers on complicated cases.
For information, visit MiddlesexHealth.org or call Daddona at 860-358-2789.