Research and education included in design of new outpatient center

Nelson Sabates, M.D. '86, chair of ophthalmology, spoke at the University Health ribbon cutting ceremony.
Nelson Sabates, M.D. ’86, chair of ophthalmology, spoke at the University Health ribbon cutting ceremony.

A new outpatient specialty and surgery center on Hospital Hill will expand and enhance the learning experiences for UMKC School of Medicine students and residents.

Truman Medical Centers will provide the services at University Health, a 90,000-square-foot facility at 2101 Charlotte St. In addition to clinic space and operating rooms, University Health will house the Vision Research Center, the research arm of the UMKC Department of Ophthalmology, and a 50-seat theater with a 3-D projection system.

“We are excited that our students and residents will have additional opportunities to learn while participating in state-of-the-art outpatient care,” UMKC School of Medicine Dean Steven L. Kanter said. “Resources in the new building that support experiential learning include teaching lab space, an ophthalmology library, a 3-D microscope and work areas for our faculty, residents and students.”

University Health opened Oct. 28 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Services provided at University Health include ophthalmology, orthopaedics and sports medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, otolaryngology, pain management and outpatient surgery.

Mark Steele, M.D. '80
Mark Steele, M.D. ’80

“We’re all very excited and energized by this beautiful new building and the more customer-focused and efficient care it brings to our patients,” Mark Steele, M.D. ’80, chief medical officer and chief operating officer at Truman Medical Centers and executive medical director of University Physician Associates, said at the ceremony. “It also will serve as a model practice for our many learners.”

Nelson Sabates, M.D. ’86, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and president and CEO of Sabates Eye Centers, said University Health would elevate training as well as the level of health care in the community. “We are going to produce — we are producing — the best doctors that will serve our community for decades to come,” he said. “And that is our legacy here, at Truman Medical Center, Hospital Hill and the UMKC School of Medicine.”

Charlie Shields, president and chief executive officer of Truman Medical Centers, said University Health would provide “specialty care right where people live and work in absolutely state-of-the-art facilities.”

Shields said the University Health name was chosen to emphasize Truman Medical Centers’ status as a teaching hospital. “One of the things we are most proud of is our connection to the UMKC School of Medicine,” he said.

UMKC School of Medicine partners with Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Center for Behavioral Medicine, the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Research Medical Center, in addition to Truman Medical Centers.