Patients seeking information about the latest clinical research have a new ally at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center.
Research Liaison Kimberly Dehn, who recently joined the staff of the center, will help connect patients at the center with opportunities that could lead to the development of new medical treatments and cures.
The newly developed, full-time research liaison position is one of the many ways research and clinical trials are being integrated into the day-to-day activities of the groundbreaking Clinics and Surgery Center, a five-story, 342,000 square-foot facility on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus.
We spoke with Kimberly to ask her more about her work at the Clinics and Surgery Center.
My role is to serve as an on-site resource for patients, care providers and staff. I provide high-level information on research studies being conducted across University of Minnesota Health. I also connect patients with research studies by using tools and information integrated throughout the building. For example, our patients and visitors can access the University of Minnesota’s research website, StudyFinder, at “Discovery Bars” on each floor of the Clinics and Surgery Center. Display monitors in the facility also spotlight patient research experiences so patients can see first-hand how research can help advance care.
I have 12 years of experience in health research through coordination of large-scale epidemiology studies at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Previously, I helped recruit volunteers for research studies at the Research Triangle Institute. I have additional experience in all aspects of study management from protocol development through data collection and analysis.
Clinical studies are an essential step in improving healthcare outcomes for patients. I am fortunate to be in such a beautiful new facility—and to have a role that allows me to make a tremendous positive impact on the patient care experience.
The M Health Clinics and Surgery Center is a leading-edge, state-of-the-art facility. Built around the principles of convenience, innovation and accessibility, it is one of the first outpatient care centers in the country to incorporate access to the latest in health research and medical technology directly into the patient experience. The building design and environment foster greater communication between all members of a patient's care team—which includes the research liaison. This creates a seamless experience for any patients visiting the facility.