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U of I Health Care opens Cardiology Clinic at Deer Creek

April 7, 2009
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald


Grinnell Regional Medical Center welcomes Michael G. Kienzle, MD, as a visiting cardiology specialist. Kienzle will practice at the new University of Iowa Health Care Cardiology Outreach Consultation Clinic in Toledo and Grinnell.

The outreach clinic will expand the cardiology coverage and offer new options to GRMC service area residents.

The Toledo clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m every Thursday at the Deer Creek Health Center, 401 1st Avenue. The Grinnell clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday morning. The clinic is located at GRMC's Ahrens Medical Arts Building on third floor in the Grinnell Health Alliance office, at 210 4th Avenue.

"The need for cardiac care continues to grow in our service area, along with the entire nation. GRMC has enjoyed a long relationship with the Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines for providing cardiology services here. We have also benefited with joint efforts with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, such as our joint venture Deer Creek Health Center. So when they indicated an interest in having Dr. Kienzle open a clinic in Grinnell and Toledo, we supported their offer. Dr. Kienzle is an excellent physician whom I have known for many years and we're excited to welcome his cardiac expertise to Grinnell and Toledo. This clinic increases our patients' options for cardiac care and opens access for our patients to the UI Heart and Vascular Center," explains Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. "One element in our mission is responsiveness to balance community needs with available resources. This new clinic enables our residents to benefit from more cardiac resources."

Kienzle earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He completed his medical residency, and cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology fellowships at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In addition to caring for patients in various University of Iowa outreach clinics he also serves as a professor in internal medicine at the medical college and a professor of cardiovascular diseases in the UI Carver College of Medicine. Since his arrival at the University of Iowa in 1984, Kienzle has held a number of positions, including director of cardiac electrophysiology; assistant director for clinical programs, division of cardiovascular diseases; and associate director (Chief Technology Officer), University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Kienzle's interests include rural wide-area networks, Internet-based health education and service applications, including home health care and direct to patient communications.

Patient referrals will be scheduled through the primary care or family care physician's office.

Cardiology is the subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the functioning of the heart, blood vessels, and circulation of blood throughout the body.

It may also encompass evaluation of the lungs. Kienzle is affiliated with the UI Heart and Vascular Center, the first in the state to offer revolutionary minimally invasive heart surgeries.



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