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CONTACT: MICHAEL SONDERGARD
8900Z JPP, UI Hospitals and Clinics
(319) 356-7123
Iowa City IA 52242
CONTACT: PATTI SCHMIDT
Genesis Medical Center
(319) 421-6267
e-mail: michael-sondergard@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

NOTE: Color portrait of Dr. Pyevich available upon request

University of Iowa and Genesis expand pediatric cardiology service

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Quad City area residents now have full-time access to a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa Quad Cities Pediatric Cardiology Clinic, located on the East campus of Genesis Medical Center in Davenport. The clinic is a collaborative effort between UI Clinical Outreach Services, the UI Department of Pediatrics, and Genesis Medical Center.

Dr. Vickie Diamandakis Pyevich, a pediatric cardiologist at the Children's Hospital of Iowa, located at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, recently moved to Bettendorf to serve the UI Quad Cities Pediatric Cardiology Clinic on a full-time basis.

"I'm very excited by the opportunity to live and work in the Quad Cities," Pyevich said. "It's a natural move for me. I enjoy the Midwest and my husband is a Moline native. I'm really looking forward to working with young patients and their families."

Dr. Larry Mahoney, director of pediatric cardiology at the Children's Hospital of Iowa, said the new clinic conveniently extends the UI's pediatric heart services into one of the region's largest metropolitan areas. "This is a great example of our willingness to partner with other hospitals and physicians from Iowa and Illinois."

According to Genesis Vice President of Patient Services Carole Gongaware, this expansion will enhance cardiology services. "As a regional leader in heart care, we're very pleased to have a full-time pediatric cardiologist on the Genesis East campus," Gongaware said. "Expanding the pediatric cardiology service will better serve the patients, families and their physicians in the Quad Cities."

The UI and Genesis Medical Center have jointly operated a pediatric cardiology Child Health Specialty Clinic for several years on the Genesis West campus. This service will continue as usual. In addition, UI Clinical Outreach Services sponsors a weekly high-risk obstetrics clinic at the Genesis BirthCenter on the East campus.

Dr. John Fieselmann, medical director of the UI's Joint Office for Clinical Outreach Services, said, "This pediatric cardiology clinic underscores the UI's commitment to make its world-class, quality health care services available to patients at convenient locations in Iowa and Illinois."

A native of Dubuque, Pyevich is a 1987 graduate of Loras College and a 1991 graduate of the UI College of Medicine. She served a pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Iowa from 1991 to 1994, then spent one year of a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Northwestern University, before finishing at the Children's Hospital of Iowa in 1997. She joined the UI faculty as an associate in 1997 and in July 1998 was promoted to assistant professor of pediatrics.

Pyevich has specialty training in fetal echocardiography and research interests in the evolution of congenital heart disease in the fetus.

The UI Quad Cities Pediatric Cardiology Clinic is located in Medical Office Building 2, Suite 109, 1230 East Rusholme St., in Davenport. The clinic is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call (319) 421-8380.

7/31/98