Broadlawns Develops Center of Excellence in Diabetes Research
September 30, 2008
Griffis Joins Broadlawns as Research Manager
Des Moines, September 30, 2008 – Catherine D. Griffis, MA, CCRP recently joined the Broadlawns Medical Center’s Foot and Ankle Clinic at as research manager in the Amputation Prevention Center.
“We brought Catherine to Broadlawns to help us develop a center of excellence in diabetic research,” said Lee Rogers, D.P.M., director of the Amputation Prevention Center.
Griffis serves as clinical coordinator on a number of industry-sponsored trials. The medical center currently has active research in several areas to study treatment for diabetes-related foot and ankle conditions. The studies deal with healing chronic wounds, infections of the foot and ankle, prevention of diabetic foot complications, treatment of nail disease, and treatment of foot and ankle nerve damage and pain in persons with diabetes.
The program is accepting qualified patients to participate in these studies. Any one who is interested is asked to contact the Amputation Prevention Center at 515.282.2554.
Prior to her arrival at Broadlawns, Catherine served as research manager for the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research in Chicago, Ill. Griffis earned her master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago.
With a history that reaches back to 1903 as a community health center, Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Today, Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services
- Several primary care and specialty clinics that provide outreach and access to the community
- A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve throughout Iowa and across the country.
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