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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 5, 2004

UI Family Planning Clinic To Close

Administrators for the University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Family Planning Clinic in Westlawn have sent letters to about 2,000 patients to inform them that the clinic will be closing.

No new appointments will be scheduled after Oct. 30. Examinations already scheduled after Oct. 30 will be honored, and clinic staff will accommodate as many patients as possible for medication prescriptions, Depo Provera injections, blood pressure checks, contraceptive counseling services and pregnancy tests through November. Clinical trials based in the clinic will continue.

"We regret this development and we apologize for any inconvenience," said Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Unfortunately, expenses for operations, especially higher costs for all contraceptive options, have exceeded funding resources."

Specialists in the UI Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine provide family planning services at UI Hospitals and Clinics, including for people in the UI Care or Grad Care programs. In addition, cost-effective family planning services are available on a sliding fee scale from staff at Planned Parenthood of Iowa City and Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa in Cedar Rapids - both of which accept Title XX plans - and St. Luke's Hospital Family Health Center in Cedar Rapids, which accepts Title X coverage.

UI students can obtain low-cost gynecologic services and birth control methods at Student Health Service. In addition, there are other private and non-profit providers, such as the Emma Goldman Clinic, in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. Patients who wish to request that a copy of their medical records be sent to a new provider should call 319-335-8541.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and 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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Steve Maravetz, 319-335-8033, steven-maravetz@uiowa.edu