To my patients and referring physicians:
It is with sadness that I announce my resignation as a partner with Gateway Gastroenterology. I am sad to be leaving an amazing group of caring physicians and compassionate staff and couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments over the last 15 years. I’m especially proud of our resilience over the last 15 months. I will miss my Gateway family but am very excited for the opportunity to create a new practice and develop a unique model for healthcare delivery.
I believe that one of the greatest challenges as a physician is to continually improve – to grow in knowledge and experience and use that growth to enhance the patient-physician relationship, which culminates in healthier patients and better care. That challenge is even more difficult in an increasingly broken healthcare system that demands a personalized approach while also imposing numerous, non-clinical obstacles that have little impact on quality care. I’ve been reminded of that frequently as I reflect back on my 21 years of medical practice. I hope that this transition challenges me to be a better physician who prioritizes personal care and relationships despite medicine’s multiple intrusions.
Please know that I love being a doctor. I enjoy people! For me, creating personal relationships is the single greatest reward of being a physician, and I look forward to fostering those relationships in my future endeavors. Thank you for entrusting me with your care. And, thank you for trusting me to care for your family members…there is nothing more fulfilling.
While this transition will be difficult, I am very excited about creating a practice that prioritizes value over volume. I hope to have healthier, better-educated patients who lead fulfilling lives free from the constant intrusion of chronic digestive disease. My previous experience creating an IBD program will serve as the foundation for this value-based practice which will emphasize proactive and personalized healthcare. As our current system moves in one direction, I’m excited about the challenge to go another. Please join me on the journey to better health – postRx.
Please note that my last day at Gateway Gastroenterology will be June 29th, so contact the Gateway office to arrange a visit or schedule a short televisit in order to clarify any clinical questions/concerns before that time. Lastly, I want to thank you for your trust, your confidence, and your friendship. You’ve empowered me to search for my better, which includes you. I look forward to continuing our relationship. Be well!
Jeff Kreikemeier, M.D.