Welcome to West Michigan Rheumatology.
We understand that our care to you is an essential medical service and that you count on us. Many rheumatology patients have diseases, or take medications, that require intensive monitoring and management. We have adapted so that we can provide care in the safest manner. We continue to see new and established patients, administer biologic therapy infusions and care in the context of clinical research studies. We strive to see new patients within 2 weeks of referral.
Integrated Clinical Care
We strive to provide outstanding care for patients with immune-mediated and rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, poly and dermatomyositis, psoriatic arthritis and various types of vasculitis. Our four full-time rheumatologists bring you the benefit of deep clinical experience and translational research.
In our model of care, we provide patient care, teach medical learners and conduct research seamlessly at one site. We promise you will always see your rheumatologist, never an assistant, and will never be charged a facility fee. To make care more coordinated, our electronic medical records are linked and communicate with many other systems including: MercyHealth, Spectrum Health, MetroHealth, Borgess and Mayo Clinic.
Staying at home does not mean you need to be out of contact or without necessary monitoring and support from our rheumatologists. If you would be interested in arranging a TeleVisit , please telephone the office or email your rheumatologist through the web-portal. Learn more.
Nationally Recognized Quality
MIPS is a mandated medical quality program. Electronic medical records are used to continuously audit and report your physician’s interaction with each patient. They attempt to measure and compare quality of care with the goal of improving patient experience by encouraging patient centered care.
In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 West Michigan Rheumatology achieved a maximum MIPs Quality Score of 100%, distinguishing our practice as providing the highest quality care by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS).
Championing Shared Decision-Making
Shared decision-making (SDM) is an underpinning of patient centered care. It begins with an attitude of mutual respect between the physician and patient and takes form in the dialogue where facts, personal values and choice are shared. The MSU College of Human Medicine and faculty at West Michigan Rheumatology have been an early leaders in developing and implementing SDM as a clinical science. We have published our translational research in multiple peer reviewed journals. As shared decision making is identified as a MIPS improvement activity – the use of decision aids to support shared decision-making is one indicator of high quality care. This demonstrates that listening and caring are core values at WMR.
Committed & Trusted
WMR is an academically oriented community based rheumatology speciality group. Our four rheumatologists trained in different national centers of excellence:
- Mayo Clinic
- Univ of Tennessee – Memphis
- Univ of Pittsburgh
- Univ of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Each brings unique experience and perspective. You benefit from our collective knowledge and collaboration.
Since 1991 we have:
- Seen >100,000 new patients
- Trained > 400 medical learners
- Completed > 70 clinical trials
- Published > 80 scholarly articles
Read the CDC recommendations for immunocompromised persons including RA, lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis and those treated with immunosuppressives.
`The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered.’
William Mayo, MD 1910