The practice was founded by Dr. Hellman in 1981 who envisioned an endocrinologist-led multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals to provide comprehensive care, both inpatient and outpatient, both acute care and chronic, and preventive care with behavior health support. The program was the first adult program of its kind in the greater Kansas City area focused on diabetes care and was soon followed by several others.
In 1986 he moved his practice to Trinity Lutheran Hospital, and again led a diabetes program and began assembling a team. Dr. Rosen joined the practice in 1989. We currently have a core of five key members who have been together for more than 20 years.
In 1991, Dr. Hellman founded the Heart of America Diabetes Research Foundation to support the research efforts underway in the practice. In 1993, after surveying the patients of the practice, the main office was moved to the North Kansas City Hospital campus at the Medical Plaza North building. Because of increased need for space to accommodate the growing needs of our practice, in 2007 the practice moved into the Health Services Pavilion at 2790 Clay Edwards Drive where it is located today.
The practice is currently structured to provide a medical home for patients with diabetes and selected endocrine conditions. The infrastructure of a robust electronic health record, personnel trained to focus on quality and patient safety issues, and a long history of stellar performance in both the inpatient and outpatient areas as well as a focus on transition of care make this practice one ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Our aim is to provide the most up-to-date, scientifically based, best practices along with a patient-centered approach that supports the six aims identified by the Institute of Medicine: safety, patient-centered, timely, effective, efficient and equitable.