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Ottumwa is home of new UI Family Care clinic
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new primary care health center with on-site laboratory
and X-ray services will begin serving Ottumwa and the surrounding region
The University of Iowa Family Care Center, Ottumwa, will be located
on the northwest side of the Ottumwa Regional Health Center campus, across
the street from the health center's emergency department entrance. Groundbreaking
for the facility will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at the Ottumwa Regional
Health Center's patient lobby.
The new clinic is part of a growing network of UI Family Care clinics
managed by UI Community Medical Services Inc. (UICMS), a subsidiary formed
by the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and the UI College of Medicine.
It will be staffed by four board-certified family practice physicians,
nurses and other support staff. The 10,000-square-foot facility will include
space for future expansion of physician services, if warranted.
"The people of our region will benefit from the convenient availability
of additional family practice physicians to serve their primary health
care needs," said Clarence Cory, president of the Ottumwa Regional
Dr. Gerald Paluska, chief of staff at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center,
and Dr. Michael Shaeffer, former chief of staff, echoed Cory's sentiment.
"It's going to be very good for the community and reinforces a
long-standing relationship between Ottumwa and the University of Iowa,"
Shaeffer added, "It can only enhance the already superb health
care services available to people in this community."
Dr. John Fieselmann, medical director for UICMS, and Terry Protextor,
executive director of UICMS, said the clinic underscores the UI's commitment
to providing convenient, high-quality health care to all Iowans.
"We have a lot of community leaders to thank for helping us bring
this new resource to Ottumwa," Fieselmann said.
R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of the UIHC, said the new center
supports the historically strong bonds of mutual trust and service between
the people of Ottumwa and the UI. "This clinic will be an excellent
health care resource for the people of Ottumwa," he said.
Dr. Robert Kelch, dean of the UI College of Medicine, said the clinic
is a logical extension of the UI's mission to serve the state's health
care needs. "Iowans are justifiably proud of their university's status
as a world-class resource for patient care, teaching and medical research,"
UI Family Care, Ottumwa, will be the second UICMS resource in Ottumwa.
Medical Oncology and Hematology of Ottumwa, which specializes in treating
cancer patients, affiliated with UICMS in September 1997. The cancer clinic
is directed by Dr. Maleka Z. Ahmed, a board-certified specialist in hematology-oncology
and internal medicine. It will continue to operate in newly remodeled facilities
on the Ottumwa Regional Health Center campus.