Years ago, doctors used to make house calls. Great Plains Health offers something similar in the form of outreach clinics.
“We bring the cardiology services to the patients rather than expecting them to come to us,” said cardiologist Dr. Ravishankar Kalaga.
It would be impractical, Kalaga said, for an 80- or 90-year-old patient to drive 100 miles for an appointment. And these clinics serve residents of areas far from the regional center GPH provides. Kalaga visits Callaway, Oshkosh, Imperial, Grant, McCook and recently Ogallala a couple of times a month.
Facilities in these towns allow him to perform simple tests including X-rays, ultrasounds, EKG and blood work.
“It gives a personal touch,” Kalaga said. “And it allows us to expand our services instead of confining us to one area.”
For advanced tests, however, patients have to visit GPH.
But patients so far have been very happy with the arrangement, Kalaga said.
“It serves the community well,” he said.