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Iowa Medical Board takes action against 2 Q-C doctors
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Iowa Medical Board takes action against 2 Q-C doctors

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The Iowa Board of Medicine has issued public orders for two cases involving Quad-City doctors.

They were:

Susannah P. Friemel, M.D., a 46-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who practices internal medicine in Davenport. She had a termination order issued by the Board on June 3.

On August 28, 2020, Friemel entered into a combined statement of charges and settlement agreement with the Board. The Board alleged that Friemel prescribed controlled substances to her live-in romantic partner between 2015 and 2017, for a non-acute and non-emergent condition in violation of the laws and rules governing the practice of medicine in Iowa.

Under the terms of the Aug. 28, 2020, combined statement of charges and settlement agreement, the Board issued Friemel a citation and warning and ordered her to pay a $2,500 civil penalty and complete a Board-approved professional ethics program.

On June 3, 2021, the Board determined that Friemel successfully completed the terms of her Board order.

The Board issued a termination order, terminating the terms of Friemel’s Board order and her Iowa medical license was returned to its full privileges, free and clear of all restrictions.

• Richard C. Blunk, M.D. a 44-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who practices pediatrics in Davenport. He had a termination order issued by the Board on June 3.

On June 3, 2016, Blunk entered into a combined statement of charges and settlement agreement with the Board. The Board alleged that Blunk engaged sexual misconduct in violation of the laws and rules governing the practice of medicine in Iowa. Blunk voluntarily completed a comprehensive sexual misconduct evaluation and treatment.

Under the terms of the June 3, 2016, combined statement of charges and settlement agreement, the Board issued Blunk a citation and warning and ordered him to pay a $5,000 civil penalty. The Board also placed Blunk on probation for a period of five years subject to Board monitoring.

On June 3, 2021, Blunk successfully completed the terms of his Board Order. The Board issued a termination order, terminating the terms of Blunk’s Board order and his Iowa medical license was returned to its full privileges, free and clear of all restrictions.

Quad-City Times​

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