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Release: May 31, 2001

UICMS to close UI Family Care clinic in Tipton

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Community Medical Services, Inc. (UICMS) today announced plans to close a primary care clinic in Tipton, effective Friday, June 29.

UI Family Care Center, Tipton, which opened in July 1998, has employed one physician, one physician assistant, and five support staff. It has been a part of the UI Family Care network of clinics located in eastern and central Iowa.

"We are pleased to have offered Tipton a primary care option," said Terry Protextor, executive director of UICMS. "In fact, we opened the clinic at the invitation of community leaders, at a time when they perceived a need for additional primary care services. While our presence helped stabilize the level of services available to area residents, it turns out that support for the clinic did not meet expectations, and we cannot justify its continued operation."

The decision to close the clinic was made by the UICMS Board of Directors.

Stuart Werling, a Tipton native who practices law in the community, said he and his family will miss the clinic’s services and its contributions to the quality of life in Tipton. "My entire family has used the clinic’s services and we had a great relationship with Dr. (Elsie) Verbik and with the physician assistant, Andy Jaszewski. They are kind, caring professionals. They and the clinic will be greatly missed."

Protextor said the organization is always evaluating the viability of UI Family Care clinics against the university’s mission of service to all Iowans. "We don’t open a new clinic without evaluating the perceived needs of the community, and we don’t close one without a thorough review of operations and community support," he said.

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.