Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates, PC (MGI) was formed in 2005 when Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) and Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) merged. The original gastroenterologists of IMA, the late Dr. Kenneth Maxwell and Dr. Edwin Schafer, began their practice in 1977. In 1982 Dr. Timothy Denzler and Dr. Michael Jones joined their individual private practices to form GIA. Over the years, as each practice grew and welcomed new physicians, the cordial working relationship between the two groups developed.
In 1999, the two groups partnered to open Midwest Endoscopy Services (MES), Omaha’s first Joint Commission accredited, free standing endoscopy center. The collaboration proved successful, and, in time, the two like-minded, attuned groups merged practices to form what is now known as MGI.
To better serve patients in west Omaha and surrounding communities, MGI opened their second office in 2008 near Lakeside Hospital. Concurrently, the group opened its second endoscopy center, Lakeside Endoscopy Center, LLC (LEC) as a joint venture with Alegent Health System. The group further expanded the endoscopy centers by opening the Methodist Endoscopy Center (MEC) in 2010, a joint venture with Methodist Hospital.
In 2010, MGI relocated its original Cass and Farnam offices, as well as MES, to its present location at 8901 Indian Hills Drive. The new location provides the practice expanded office space on the second and third floors and state-of-the-art endoscopy center on the first floor. The venue delivers a fully equipped clinic, with electronic medical records, an infusion center, a capsule endoscopy room, a pathology lab, GI pathologist, an on-site dietitian, as well as numerous nurse specialists and case managers.
In 2011, the practice expanded into Council Bluffs to fill a community need for gastroenterology services by offering both hospital services and the establishment of two additional clinic locations. The practice continues to experience growth and expansion.