Cardiologist’s 30th year celebrated

Cardiologist’s 30th year celebrated

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The Iola Register, Friday, July 24, 2009, Page 6, By Anne Kazmierczak

Cardiologist Dr. Gregory Duick talks with ACH human resources director Paula Sell at the reception.

Allen County Hospital Thursday feted Wichita cardiologist Dr. Gregory Duick for 30 years of service to ACH’s twice-monthly cardiology clinic.

Duick said he now has seen three generations of some families, saying he often hears, “You treated my grandfather.”

“When they tell you it’s their great-grandfather, it’s time to retire,” Duick joked.  He is not retiring; the hospital just wanted to thank him for his service.

Duick said his hopes for the future of the clinic include recruiting more physicians to Iola.

"Just to maintain (the clinic) will be difficult if a new cadre of doctors isn’t recruited,” he said.

That’s because patients prefer to stay in their home communities for care, he said.

“Most of the patients I see never go anywhere else for care,” Duick noted.

“Every time you’ve gotten good doctors here you’ve gotten a great response in patient numbers,” Duick told hospital staff and administrators.

He noted allied health – the addition of nurse practitioners and physician assistants as primary care providers – is essential to offering health care in rural communities.

“The heart and soul of any hospital isn’t the doctors, it the nursing staff and the hospital support staff.  Everything spreads from that,” Duick said.

The reception featured two heart-themed cakes, one representing an EKG readout.

“We just appreciate him coming very much,” said receptionist Karen Coleman.