CONTACT: RICHARD LE BLOND, M.D.
CONTACT: BETH HOULAHAN, RN, MSN
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City IA 52242
UI to provide quality primary care in a convenient setting: New center
opens July 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new University of Iowa Family Care Center featuring
quality primary care health services, free parking and easy patient access
opens July 1 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC).
Located in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at University Hospitals on
Melrose Avenue and Hawkins Drive, the UI Family Care Center specializes
in patient-friendly service for the whole family, according to Dr. Richard
LeBlond, the center's medical director.
"This center was designed with patients in mind," LeBlond
said. "It incorporates the very latest concepts in convenient, quality
Patient amenities include on-site pharmacy, radiology, and laboratory
services. Physician care is provided by a team of highly trained UI primary
care specialists in family practice, general internal medicine, and general
pediatrics. Each service has its own dedicated reception area, business
office, and patient care area.
In addition, the UI Family Care Center's Counseling and Health Promotion
Services staff experts provide up-to-date educational opportunities to
help people achieve and maintain a state of wellness. For patients who
prefer an even broader selection of health and wellness options, an Alternative
Medicine Clinic provides these choices.
Patients can access the center via a new parking ramp adjacent to the
UI Family Care Center, accessible through a dedicated entrance off Melrose
Avenue. Parking is free.
Beth Houlahan, a registered nurse and co-director of the center with
LeBlond, said the UI Family Care Center is driven by a philosophy of excellence
in primary care.
"Primary care is person-centered, rather than disease or problem-specific,
and addresses the most common health problems that people experience,"
she said. "Our primary care emphasis encourages greater interaction
between patients, physicians, and support staff, combined with improved
access and timeliness of support services. We're very excited by the comprehensive
array of enhanced services we'll be offering to our patients and their
Effective July 1, a single phone number, (319) 384-7999, provides patients
with direct access to the center's primary care services. The toll-free
number for long-distance calls is 1-877-384-7999.
A public open house celebrating the opening of the UI Family Care Center
will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. The event will feature
activities for children and health screenings for adults, along with tours