Continuity of Care for Patients from Near and Far

Dr. Ozioma Gab-Ojukwu
Family Medicine Physician

For Dr. Ozioma Gab-Ojukwu, serving patients has been a passion since childhood.

“I was born and raised in Nigeria. My father was a physician and my family owned a community hospital. In my youth, I did some cashiering and receptionist work at the hospital. Interacting with the patients inspired me to pursue medicine for my own career,” says Dr. Gab-Ojukwu. 

She graduated from the University of Jos in Nigeria and then moved to the United States to conduct clinical research in Southern California. Later, she completed her family medicine residency at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center in Midland, Michigan.

“Going through my medical training, I liked the thought of being a family physician. I could treat everyone and all kinds of medical conditions. You see the full spectrum of patients – children and grandparents, women and men.”

Following her residency, Dr. Gab-Ojukwu joined Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG) as a  family medicine physician.

“During the interview process, I was exploring different Kaiser Permanente medical offices. The chief at Aurora Centrepoint said, ‘I want you to come here because you’d be able to provide care for some patients in your native language.’ That resonated with me because I have a sense of shared experience with other people from African countries.”

“I see patients from all over the world. Some are farmers or blue collar workers. Others are professionals and some may even be millionaires. Regardless of who they are, Kaiser Permanente has empowered me to provide them with high-quality health care.”  

And unlike her father’s hectic hospital practice, Dr. Gab-Ojukwu is able to focus on continuity of care.

“I don’t just see patients when they’re sick or need surgery. I see them when they’re well. I help them through preventive and problem-based care. I have the opportunity to go through the highs and lows of their lives with them.”

Dr. Gab-Ojukwu has now been with CPMG for 10 years. From day one, she’s found Kaiser Permanente to be a place where colleagues are willing to offer their support and share their expertise.

“I had colleagues in residency and some relatives in California who worked for Kaiser Permanente. The one thing they all emphasized was that I would have a big support system here. When you finish residency, you’ve had three years of training and you’ve built some confidence, but you need support.”

Kaiser Permanente’s integrated system includes clinical pharmacists, behavioral health specialists embedded in Primary Care, registered dietitians and special programs to support members with chronic health conditions.  

“If I wasn’t able to access these resources to help my patients, it would definitely impact the quality of care I could provide,” admits Dr. Gab-Ojukwu. 

Beyond the tools available to serve members, Dr. Gab-Ojukwu appreciates that her fellow providers are both courageous and collegial.

“We treat one another well. We’re focused on doing what’s best for our patients and we’re comfortable with addressing concerns with the people involved so we can do something better the next time.”

Learn more about Dr. Gab-Ojukwu’s practice at the Aurora Centrepoint Medical Offices by reading part two of her story.

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