Spinal Cord Injury Primary Care Clinic

The Spinal Cord Injury Primary Care Clinic at Denver Health opened in March 2020. Starting August 26, 2021, it will be located in the Primary Care Center, on the seventh floor of the Outpatient Medical Center (Pavilion L) on Denver Health’s main campus. The Clinic is currently seeing patients twice monthly.

Population Served

The Spinal Cord Injury Primary Care Clinic’s goal is to serve patients with spinal cord injuries to increase access to comprehensive primary care for patients who use mobility devices. The clinic accepts all patients who need care.  

The Need for Primary Care Clinics for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Access to accessibility-competent medical care can often be a challenge for patients with spinal cord injuries and other mobility concerns. Recognizing this lack of equity, Denver Health has created two clinics: one on the hospital’s main campus and one in partnership with the Chanda Center for Health in Lakewood to provide comprehensive primary health care for these individuals. Both clinics have equipment and staff trained to assist in safe patient transfers, as well as providers with additional interest and training in problems faced by patients with spinal cord injuries. Denver Health also provides access to both primary care and specialty care including medical rehabilitation, wound care and urology. The primary care team coordinates and consults with physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists from both Denver Health and throughout the Denver metro area to provide the best care possible. 

Services Provided 

  • Regular primary care with an emphasis on specific medical conditions faced by patients with spinal cord injuries
  • Preventive care with regular cancer screenings
  • Metabolic screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Management of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Treatment of acute illness
  • Behavioral health
  • Gynecologic evaluations

New patients are currently being accepted. Our team can see you for a consultation or as supplemental support for your current primary care provider. Providers at Denver Health and throughout Colorado are encouraged to refer their patients to the clinic.

Providers and Staff 

The clinic has a multidisciplinary team approach to care, staffed by:

  • Physicians trained in family medicine with additional interest and study in conditions specific to patients with spinal cord injuries
  • Physical therapists with expertise in inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation who can provide more specific musculoskeletal evaluation, wheelchair evaluations and mobility assessments
    • Physical Therapist
      Megan Mitchell, DPT
    • Physical Therapist
      Courtney Zwetsch, DPT
  • A nurse care coordinator who works to evaluate patient needs and assist with medical equipment needs
    • Nurse Care Coordinator
      Billy Morrison, RN
  • Clinic nurse: Lindsay Schartz, RN
  • Medical assistant: Devani Martinez, MA, LPN
  • Clinic Manager: Adrianne Bauer, RN 

Accessible Equipment

Special equipment is available to ensure equitable care for patients with mobility issues. This includes:

  • Hoyer Lift
  • Wheelchair Scales
  • Exam tables with adjustable height and positioning
  • Slide boards

Denver Health thanks the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, for providing generous support to make this clinic happen.