Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence

The Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence will be the foremost center in the Midwest for identifying and treating tick-borne illnesses and advancing medical knowledge. Led by Open Medicine Institute, the Center will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and advanced researchmethodology, and will work collaboratively with patients, referring physicians and regional specialists.

Disease alone infects over 427,000 Americans a year (10x more than previously reported), but it is bigger than Lyme. Ticks can also cause many other diseases such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis or Anaplasmosis, Bartonella, and Powassan Virus – bringing estimates of those infected by all Tick-Borne Illnesses to over 600,000. Due to the complexity of these diseases, mainstream medical methods for dealing with tick-borne illness do not always generate appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence will treat and research tick-borne illnesses and will break the cycle with a unique patient centered, precision medicine methodology brought to the Northwoods by Dr. Andy Kogelnik and the Open Medicine Institute (OMI).

Our objective is to create a place where people who believe they may have a tick-borne illness can be effectively diagnosed and treated. The Center will perform the following functions:

  • Patients who have been suffering for some time from an undiagnosed illness can receive a clear plan for treatment and follow-up care.
  • Patients can participate in research to improve the ability to diagnose and treat tick-borne illnesses.
  • Clinicians and researchers share information and findings in a highly collaborative environment.

Our Partner
To find a partner, Howard Young Foundation (HYF) researched the top centers for tick-borne illness treatment and research in the country. As a result of this comprehensive research, we have decided to partner with the Open Medicine Institute (OMI), a leading independent precision medicine clinical and research organization. OMI’s precision medicine model customizes health care to each individual patient based on their genetics, environment, and lifestyle. Through their unique combination of patient care and research, OMI has generated substantial insight including a more thorough understanding of complex, neglected conditions, as well as attributes of an individual’s particular case that point to treatment strategies more beneficial for them. Most organizations established to deal with tick-borne illnesses are either research or treatment facilities, but not both.

OMI doctors will work with referring physicians and regional specialists to act as a patient “quarterback” that will remain with the patient until they are well regardless of the type of treatment required. For the first time, patients that have gone undiagnosed and untreated will have a better-informed diagnosis, a clear treatment plan, consistent medical oversight, an opportunity to participate in research, but most importantly – hope that they can get better.

Who We Will Serve
The Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence will have the ability to directly serve over 2,000 patients from around the Midwest per year, as the closest tick-borne illness center that is dedicated to combining research and treatment of these diseases is 1200 miles away.

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