Dr. Bartelt’s New Website
Dr. Bartelt has launched his new website focusing on the services and procedures he specializes in. Please visit Dr. Bartelt’s new website at BarteltMD.com
U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, visited CVMS to discuss how Congress can work to improve health care as it seeks to repeal and replace Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) in the next session. In a round table discussion, Blum met with a room full of physicians to understand the impact of regulations on patient care. Gil Irey, chief executive officer of CVMS, Dr, Ben Torrez, orthopedic surgeon in Waterloo, and Dr. Kalyana Sundaram, a cardiologist, were just some of the attendees at the meeting.
To read the full Courier article on this meeting, please click HERE.
Dr. Jay Ginther, head of Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute, is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Hennings, MN-FNP, to his staff. Hennings is a Family Nurse Practitioner with his Masters from Allen College of Nursing. He joins Dr. Ginther from Ottumwa Regional Health Centers where he specialized in occupational medicine, urgent care and family practice. Hennings is excited to return to the medical community in the Cedar Valley, having previously worked at Waverly Health Center and People’s Community Health Clinic in Waterloo. Hennings also serves in the Iowa National Guard as a Captain, in area support medical command. Hennings is currently the Senior Pastor with Peace Church in Waverly, and enjoys photography, gardening, traveling, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Waterloo, Iowa – Cedar Valley Eye Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Brendan Girschek has been appointed to be an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Girschek is a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist who practices in the Division of Retina Surgery in Cedar Valley Eye Care and whose practice focuses specifically on treating diseases affecting the retina and the vitreous body of the eye, also known as “vitreoretinal diseases.” His expertise and dedication to his patients are reflected in his examiner nomination, which is peer-reviewed and is based upon a rigorous set of standards.
“I am very honored to be appointed to be an American Board of Ophthalmology examiner,” says Dr. Girschek.
As America’s oldest medical specialist certification board and one of less than 25 such boards acknowledged by both the American Medical Association and the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent association that utilizes examiners in the critical process of board-certifying qualifying ophthalmologists. Examiners assist with the oral examinations administered to ophthalmologists seeking board certification and help create the examination content, including developing the written examination. By certifying the level of expertise for ophthalmologists, the American Board of Ophthalmology helps reassure patients that they will receive the highest standard of eye care. Dr. Girschek’s insight and expertise will be tremendous assets to his fellow examiners, the board and his field.
Waterloo, Iowa – The Cedar Valley Sleep Center is proud to introduce several advancements in sleep apnea treatment technology intended to increase patient comfort and effectively treat this life-threatening condition that afflicts 18 million Americans.
Sleep apnea is a breathing condition that occurs during sleep and can increase a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health threats. Like many providers, the Cedar Valley Sleep Center has traditionally treated sleep apnea using CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, which circulate air for the patient through masks worn during sleep to ensure continuous breathing. However, around half of all CPAP users quickly experience discomfort and stop using the machine and remain exposed to the dangers of sleep apnea, including breathing cessation during sleep and a more than three-times-greater chance of death than those without high-level, untreated sleep apnea, according to an 18-year study by the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort that was published in 2008. This has prompted the Cedar Valley Sleep Center to begin offering alternative, more comfortable CPAP machines to patients.
“By forgoing the CPAP treatment, patients are missing out on both better sleep and on reducing or eliminating life-threatening risks,” says Francis Connelly of the center. “For patients who have ever given up on their CPAP, or are unhappy with their current machine, it’s really worth taking a look at all the new options that are available today.”
Due to technological advancements designed to increase patient comfort, Connelly can equip patients with CPAP machines that are the size of a pop can or are wireless or are whisper-quiet. Other models regulate the circulated air through built-in humidifiers and heaters, and some offer nasal pillows in lieu of nose and mouth masks. The Cedar Valley Sleep Center’s partnerships also offer patients additional treatment options. Dr. David Congdon from the Cedar Valley Center for ENT and Sinus refers patients for sleep studies, and offers alternatives that include corrective surgery to effectively eliminate snoring and sleep apnea effects.