CONTACT: TOM MOORE
Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 14, 2001
UI Health Care to continue specialty outreach services in Ottumwa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care physicians will continue
to provide specialty outreach services in Ottumwa, despite the pending closure
of UI Family Care-Ottumwa.
University of Iowa Community Medical Services (UICMS) recently announced
plans to close its primary care clinic in Ottumwa on May 25. Patients who
receive care at UI Family Care-Ottumwa received letters informing them of
the decision to close the clinic and are being assisted in transferring their
care to other physicians. UICMS operates a network of primary care clinics
located throughout eastern and central Iowa.
Following the decision to close UI Family Care-Ottumwa, patients who receive
outreach specialty care in Ottumwa -- including cardiology, dermatology, pulmonology
and rheumatology services -- have made inquiries about those services, primarily
because those special outreach clinics are held in the same building that
houses the UICMS primary care clinic. Those special outreach services are
not affected by the planned closing of the family care clinic.
The specialized outreach clinics will continue to be offered in the same
building, located at 931 Pennsylvania Avenue. Cardiology clinics are currently
offered on three Tuesdays each month. Pulmonary services will continue to
be offered four Wednesdays per month. Dermatology specialists are currently
scheduled at this location in Ottumwa on the first and third Mondays of each
month. The special rheumatology clinics are planned for the first and second
Thursday of every month. Patients who receive care in specialty outreach clinics
will be notified if any changes in the schedule listed above occur.
For more information about the specialty outreach clinics in Ottumwa, or
to make an appointment with a University of Iowa Health Care specialist in
Ottumwa, call toll-free (877) 891-5350.
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. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.