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Release: Oct. 23, 2000

UI Family Care to open a new clinic in southeast Iowa City

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.