Thursday, Oct. 24, was the soft launch for the Open Medicine Institute & Howard Young Foundation’s Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in Woodruff. The Center is an innovative, data-driven center to find answers for patients suffering from tick-borne illnesses, and aims to be a leading center nationally for clinical research and care around these sometimes-controversial conditions. The Center will spearhead a regional and statewide precision medicine collaborative effort with public health resources, clinical systems, independent providers and of course with patients and the community. It is the first of its kind to integrate treatment and research in the Midwest.
“At the Center we are strong believers that medicine is just touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of our understanding of human biology and disease,” director of Open Medicine Institute and the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence, Dr. Andy Kogelnik, said. “Given that, we think it’s critically important for each of us to help build that knowledge at every step of the way so that we can improve diagnostic tools and therapeutic treatments. Research is a way of giving back to the community and given that we all have a lot to learn about Tick Borne Illnesses it’s important to us in the Center as a way to deliver the best treatment plan for an individual patient.”
Patients can expect a caring, individualized and advanced approach to their problems, and to be listened to by a caring team who will deliver a comprehensive plan to move them from illness back to health regardless of what their trouble is.
The Howard Young Foundation continues to raise funds to support the opening of the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence. To date, they have raised $2.25 million of the three-year, $3.5 million campaign goal.
The soft launch was organized by the Women’s Legacy Council and was a small event for campaign leaders, the Howard Young Foundation board of directors and regional tick-borne illness advocates. It included a meet and greet with the Director, Dr. Kogelnik, and his staff as well as a tele-conference conversation with advisory board members. The advisory board is made up of world-renowned tick-borne illness experts including Dr. Brian Fallon from Columbia University, Dr. Neil Spector from Duke University, Dr. John Aucott from Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Samuel Shor from George Washington University. Attendees were able to get questions answered and receive a tour of the new facility.