CONTACT: MICHAEL SONDERGARD
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 1, 1999
Winniford is named physician director of UI Heart Care
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Winniford, M.D., University
of Iowa professor and vice chair of internal medicine, has been named physician
director of UI Heart Care, a new service for patients requiring high-quality
heart and vascular care.
"This is very exciting for me personally," Winniford said.
"We are committed to making UI Heart Care a world leader in cardiac and vascular-related
services, incorporating both our current, highly rated patient care services
and innovative cardiovascular research."
Winniford, a cardiologist, will be assisted by Douglas
Behrendt, M.D., professor of surgery, who will serve as co-physician director,
and by Ellen Cram, who will serve as nursing director.
Winniford said UI Health Care--which describes the partnership
between the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Medicine--already
has many of the comprehensive service components necessary to help UI Heart
Care achieve its goals.
"We have a complete array of highly rated specialties
available including anesthesiology, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, nursing,
radiology and vascular surgery," he said. "What's new and different is an
organizational commitment to improving the efficiency of heart care services
provided to patients and referrers. Every member of our cardiovascular care
team will have a single point of accountability and will share in helping
us achieve our overall objectives."
Among those objectives, he said, is a significant improvement
in communications with referring physicians coupled with a commitment to address
the full spectrum of patient needs.
"We have been listening carefully to patients and referrers,"
Winniford said. "We can successfully address their needs and interests in
a variety of ways. While patient satisfaction with cardiovascular care has
been high, for instance, we believe we have an opportunity to improve access
to cardiovascular services, deliver more consistent continuity of care and
provide more effective patient education."
R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of the UIHC, said Winniford
has excellent qualifications as UI Heart Care physician director. "Mike Winniford
is an internationally recognized cardiologist who
has dedicated his professional life to providing heart patients with the best
and most advanced care possible," Howell said. "His caring approach to meeting
individual patient needs is exemplary. We are extremely fortunate
to have someone of his caliber available to serve in this new role."
Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine,
said Winniford's extensive experience with cardiovascular research underscores
a vital component of UI Heart Care's mission. "UI Heart Care represents more
than high-quality care for heart patients," he said. "It combines compassionate
patient care with a commitment to world-class research and medical education.
This commitment assures that Iowans benefit from continuing advances in our
understanding of cardiovascular disease, and that society's needs for well-trained
medical professionals is met."