name may be shorter, but its list of accomplishments seems to be
growing longer each day. Activity at the McAuley Health Center –
formerly the McAuley Nurse Managed Center – is definitely
in high gear.
The University of Detroit Mercy’s McAuley School of Nursing
opened the center last January to provide free primary health care
to medically underserved patients, primarily uninsured working poor
adults. Located on the eastside of Detroit, the center is staffed
by UDM nursing faculty, with assistance from graduate and undergraduate
College of Health Professions faculty members practicing primary
care at the center include Merry Stewart, Janet Baiardi and Pat
Rouen. The full-time staff has grown to include medical assistant
Melissa Fuller and administrative assistant Lecitia Jones. Mental
health faculty include Carla Groh, Joan Urbancic and John Knisely.
Currently, one family nurse practitioner graduate student and eight
undergraduates are working at the center. The students often “shadow”
the center’s clinical coordinator, Mary Serowky, to observe
first-hand how an advance practice nurse functions.
“Our students are involved in wonderful activities,”
reports Urbancic, the clinic’s project director. “They’re
conducting outreach programs such as health fairs at churches and
senior citizen homes almost every week.”
In September, nursing students collaborated with dental and dental
hygiene students to sponsor an oral health fair at the center for
While the center’s patient load has been growing steadily,
partnerships with a number of organizations mean its services will
reach even more in the community. They’ll soon be treating
breast and cervical cancer patients as part of a federal program
administered by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. The center
is finalizing an agreement to see Medicare recipients, and another
to treat patients of Havenwyck, a psychiatric hospital.
Going forward, Urbancic says one of the center’s goals is
to incorporate spirituality into practice.
“It’s so important to the healing process,” she
explains. “We’re exploring how best to do that.”