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Release: Oct. 23, 2000
UI Family Care to open a new clinic in southeast Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care
officials today announced plans to open a new family care practice in southeast
Iowa City in December. UI Family Care, Southeast Iowa City, will be located
at 1130 Scott Blvd.
Scheduled to open Dec. 4, the new facility will offer
a full range of health care services, including free, convenient parking and
radiology and laboratory facilities. The clinic will be staffed by four family
medicine physicians, one of whom is a specialist in geriatric medicine.
In a related development designed to enhance patient
access to high-quality primary care resources, two other family care sites
within Johnson County will be consolidated into other UI Family Care clinics,
including the new southeast Iowa City facility.
"We feel these consolidations will result in more
integrated and better organized primary health care," said Cynda Johnson,
M.D., head of the UI Department of Family Medicine. "These changes will enhance
our delivery of high quality health care to families by increasing access
to conveniently located family care centers, improving continuity of care
and providing more flexibility in the use and sharing of resources."
At the same time, Johnson added, patients can be assured
they will continue to experience the same level of convenience and accessibility
they have come to appreciate through the UI Family Care clinics.
On Dec. 4, patient care activities at UI Family Care
Center, Coralville, and UI Family Care, Mormon Trek (formerly Primary Care
for Women) are scheduled to cease. Patients who formerly received care at
the Coralville or Mormon Trek sites will be invited to transfer their care
to the UI Family Care Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, UI Family Care Center,
North Liberty, or to the new UI Family Care, Southeast Iowa City location.
Health care for families is also provided in southern Johnson County at the
Lone Tree Family Care Center.
The consolidation achieves excellent geographic distribution
throughout the county, and will provide convenient neighborhood access to
high quality health care for families throughout the area.
Within Johnson County, UI Family Care sites will be
staffed by University of Iowa Health Care physicians. The North Liberty, Lone
Tree and Southeast Iowa City clinics will continue to be managed by UI Community
Medical Services, Inc., a separate UI Health System organization that manages
a network of primary clinics throughout central and eastern Iowa.
"Our network of UI Family Care clinics is relatively
new and we've been learning as we go about how to best serve the primary care
needs of Iowans both within Johnson County and beyond," said Johnson. "This
restructuring makes a lot of sense. The UI Family Care clinics that are closest
to the UI Family Care Center will be more fully integrated, and patients will
have the option of going to the site that best meets their needs."
University of Iowa Health Care staff are committed
to ensuring that the process of transferring patients' health care will be
as smooth and seamless as possible, said Johnson. "Because of increases in
our capacity for patient care at the UI Family Care Center and with the addition
of UI Family Care, Southeast Iowa City, we will be able to care for even more
patients, and in some cases provide even more comprehensive care," Johnson
said. "Some of our patients will receive their care in new locations, but
we are committed to helping them see the physician of their choice."
Counseling sessions are also being offered to clinic
staff affected by the consolidation in order to assist them in moving through
the transition process. Those sessions are offered on a completely voluntary
and confidential basis.
To obtain more information about the UI Family Care
site most convenient to you, call any of the UI Family Care sites or UI Health
Access at (319) 384-8442 or (800) 777-8442.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.