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Release: Immediate

UI dialysis services and enhanced specialty clinics now available in Washington

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Washington area residents are now offered easier access to University of Iowa dialysis services and high quality specialty clinics through newly opened facilities on the Washington County Hospital campus.

The UI Clinical Outreach Dialysis Unit and Specialty Clinic, located at 414 E. Polk St. on the southwest corner of the Washington County Hospital campus, offers convenient patient service and accessibility, including free on-site patient parking, said Larry McGranahan, administrator of Clinical Outreach Services at the UI.

"It's our mission to provide high quality, community-based services to the people of Iowa," McGranahan said. "It's exciting because we're now able to provide dialysis services that haven't been available in the Washington area until now. We will now also have the flexibility to expand existing specialty clinics or add new specialties that were previously unavailable. None of this would have been possible without the collaboration and support that we have received from Washington County Hospital."

The new center reflects a first-of-its kind collaboration between the UI and the Washington County Hospital. University staff were involved in the planning of the new space, which was designed specifically to house the dialysis unit and visiting specialty clinics. Ron Davis, chief executive officer of the Washington County Hospital, said the development of the dialysis unit was in direct response to requests from Washington area residents. Washington County Hospital provides building space and staff support while the UI provides trained health care specialists. "It is a win-win situation for everyone," Davis said. "The number one advantage for patients is accessibility, along with quality, state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch professional staff provided by the UI."

Frank Gedney, technical director of the Renal Dialysis Treatment Center at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the dialysis unit in Washington, has already provided treatment for its first patient and will serve at least a dozen other patients on-site, along with several patients from their homes. "It's part of our ongoing plans to provide dialysis to people without making them travel to Iowa City," Gedney said. "We think dialysis patients will greatly appreciate being able to receive treatment closer to home."

The dialysis unit joins three other dialysis outreach clinics provided by the UI Clinical Outreach Services in Muscatine, Grinnell, and North Liberty. Each unit is designed to meet the UIHCs' high standards for quality, McGranahan said.

In addition to dialysis, the facility provides a new and convenient home for six specialty clinics provided in Washington by the UI. Visiting specialty clinics are provided in Washington in the following specialties: dermatology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, occupational medicine, psychiatry, and pulmonary diseases.

For more information about dialysis services at the UI Clinical Outreach Dialysis Unit and Specialty Clinics, call Frank Gedney at (319) 356-3047. To make a patient appointment with one of the UI's visiting specialty clinics, call (319) 653-5481.

2/5/99