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Cedar Rapids’ leading medically-supervised weight loss clinic, Health Transitions, operated by Dr. Charles Pruchno, has joined the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa team of specialists.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Pruchno and his staff to our organization,” said Michael Sundall, CEO of PCI. “Adding a specialist with Dr. Pruchno’s expertise in internal medicine and long track record of helping patients achieve healthier lifestyles complements PCI’s long-term growth philosophy -- creating a complete healthcare experience at PCI Medical Pavilion.”
Dr. Pruchno and the Health Transitions Clinic staff specialize in treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, back pain, heart disease, chronic back pain, osteoarthritis, depression and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) through a 10-month weight loss program. Frequently, patients start the program on multiple medications. The goal of the program is to greatly reduce or eliminate use of these medications. Close monitoring of weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar are necessary through this process.
“As a kidney specialist for 25 years, it didn’t take me long to realize that most people with kidney disease had diabetes. For much of my career, I focused on learning everything I could about diabetes,” Pruchno said. “I’ve spent several years extensively researching why individuals gain weight, and how to prevent and cure it, and putting that research and knowledge to work helping patients. Now, with the support of PCI, I can bring this holistic approach to more people in the Corridor.”
“By joining PCI, Dr. Pruchno and team can leverage the benefits of being a part of a larger clinic, such as centralized administrative functions, as well as capitalize on the strong brand PCI brings to the marketplace,” Sundall said. “His area of expertise fits perfectly into PCI’s continuum of care model. Patients receiving care in other PCI clinics can be referred, under the same roof, to Dr. Pruchno’s life changing program.
The PCI Medical Pavilion houses more than 110 medical providers and 400 support staff in both PCI and non-PCI health-related services: cardiology, dermatology, orthopaedics, orthotics, rheumatology, internal medicine, specialty urgent care, physical and hand therapy, neurology, sleep medicine, plastic surgery, podiatry, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, urology, vascular surgery, ENT and audiology, medical oncology and community cancer care, full-service pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory, imaging services and coffee shop.