Gordon Memorial Hospital and a genetic medicine department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have teamed up to offer a comprehensive genetics clinic at the Sheridan County facility.
The clinic will help provide access to experts at the Munroe-Meyer Institute Department of Genetic Medicine at UNMC.
The experts from UNMC focus on diagnosing genetic disorders, especially for children, according to MMI Department Director Dr. Omar Rahman. “They come to see us and we try to put all the pieces together and give it a name, if possible”, says Rahman. “Once we give it a name, it empowers families because they can learn about the condition, they can understand what the extent of it might be, and they can get connected with all the right specialists at that point.”
Dr. Rahman said patients who are appropriate for referral to the clinic are those with a suspected genetic disorder or syndrome, autism, developmental delay or intellectual disability and patients with abnormal genetic test results.
The new clinic is funded by the state’s Mentally Handicapped Children’s Program, and is an expansion of similar services offered by UNMC at locations in Scottsbluff and North Platte.