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Geriatrics - Older Adult Care

We’re living longer these days and Grinnell Regional Medical Center offers services for the full life spectrum, from birth to the end-of-life. As we age, we also develop new health challenges.

At GRMC we believe knowledge is half your health. We encourage area residents to turn to our facilities for education on how to maintain health at all stages of life.

Adult Medicine - Internal Medicine
Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine provides specialty care for adults. These skilled specialists combine the best of therapeutic and diagnostic technology with extensive training and years of experience to provide the best, most up-to-date care for adults age 18 and older. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 641-236-2382.

Home Health Care
GRMC home care services can help provide services needed to recuperate after surgery or an illness in your home or to help you live safely at home. We offer a full spectrum of nursing as well as housekeeping, medication management, and therapies to allow you to remain living in your own home safely. For more information call 641-236-2382.

Senior Health Insurance Information Program 
Commonly called SHIIP, this free counseling service helps seniors understand Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance questions. Specially-trained volunteers also help you use the Medicare internet site to determine the best drug plan. To schedule a session with a SHIIP volunteer, call 641-236-2588 or email

Senior Education Program 
This educational program is designed for adults 55 and older, but all are welcome. Topics focus on health, medicine, the arts, history, cultural events, and community resources. The program is presented each Monday at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library in the Caulkins Room. This a free program held each Monday from April to November and on the second Monday of the month from December to March. Current Program List.  Contact:

Maintaining mobility and quality of life as you age can be enhanced with services in the GRMC wellness department. Our wellness memberships can be tailored to meet the needs of our members over 55. Our facility is staffed by certified exercise specialists who can answer your questions or design a workout for you.  Members receive a personal orientation to the center and equipment usage. We also offer personal training sessions, wellness coaching, arthritis aquatic program, aerobics aquatics program, a whirlpool spa to warm and relax muscles, senior-focused exercise classes like gentle yoga and gentle aerobics, and more. 

Call the the wellness department at the Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center, 824 Commercial St., Grinnell, at 641-236-2999 or email the wellness staff at

Medication Management 
Medication reconciliation is a service provided to inpatients at GRMC. Upon discharge, patients receive a list of all their medications and over-the-counter supplements and medications recorded. This information is also stored electronically at GRMC with the medical record. 

Taking this list to all healthcare appointments can help bridge communication between providers. It is really important that healthcare providers know what patients are taking, how much they take, and how often they take it. This includes vitamins, supplements, and all non-prescription medications as well.

Everyone is encouraged to keep the information easily accessible. It is invaluable in an emergency healthcare situation to allow healthcare providers to know all your medications right away.

Pain Management
Pain can be detrimental to quality of life, and the pain management clinic is here to combat that.  Gene Gessner, MD, provides a wide variety of pain management techniques, including medication therapy, physical and occupational therapy, acupuncture, massage, and dietitian services, most of which will be performed in GRMC’s surgery suite on an outpatient basis. Patients are offered medical care for any type of chronic or acute pain.

For more information call 641-236-2338 or email the office manager at


The field of rheumatology involves diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, as well as disorders of the immune system. Rheumatologist Eman R. Boulis, MD, sees patients by referral for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis. Talk to your primary care physician to determine whether a rheumatology appointment is right for you.  

For more information call 641-236-2338 or email the office manager at