Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is expanding services to patients seeking treatment and diagnostic care for urological disorders. The urological services continue to grow and to meet that need has added Nurse Practitioner Kim Browne, and will now offer office visits Monday through Friday.
“There is a strong commitment from the hospital to expand urologic services,” said Browne. “It’s very exciting for the Ste. Genevieve health system. It keeps patients closer to home, and they don’t have the inconvenience of having to drive to St. Louis or Festus for their care. We have a lot to offer.”
The urology services provide comprehensive care for all aspects of urologic disease. These include: medical and surgical management of urologic cancer, prostate disease and incontinence; comprehensive kidney stone management; female urology; male reproductive health; and renal, kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancer care.
Browne realizes that patients shy away many times from confronting urological issues for fear of embarrassment.
“We’ve heard it all,” she said. “There are no surprises that can come through the door. We hope that knowing that we hear from patients everyday on these issues will make it easier. It’s hard for people sometimes to talk about their urinary leakage for example, because it can be embarrassing, or male reproductive issues or erectile dysfunction. I want everyone to feel like we are warm and welcome here and a place where people can talk about these issues knowing that we can help them.”
Browne, a nurse practitioner since 2011, said that the fact that most urological issues are treatable is what attracted her to accept the position in the SGCMH urology services.
“That’s one of the things I really like about urology is that it can really help people,” she said. “It’s not just always medications or surgery--there are other options. There’s a treatment to fit most everyone’s needs. It’s a field where there’s great opportunity to provide a service to people who have needs where we can be of help.”
Browne joins Kevin Enger, MD, urology surgeon and Adam Salabar, physician assistant.
“Dr. Enger has a lot of experience, does a wonderful job and is wonderful to work with,” she said. We’re a good team. We work well together and provide our patients with a good experience. If patients have any urological concerns they can contact us any time,” she said.
The SGCMH Urology Services are located at 590 Pine Street in the Apple Kids Pediatrics building and are now available Monday through Friday for office visits. The office can be reached by calling 573-883-4450.