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Oct. 5, 2009

Dedication, open house for UI Sports Medicine Center Oct. 9-10

The public is invited to two events to celebrate the opening of the new University of Iowa Sports Medicine Center during the Hawkeyes' homecoming weekend.

The UI Sports Medicine Center will offer convenient access to the very best sports medicine option for athletes of all ages, from casual exercisers to intense college athletes. With its emphasis on orthopedics, sports medicine, imaging and rehabilitation services, the facility also is designed to meet the expanding needs of Iowans who want to maintain their mobility and enhance wellness through all stages of their lives.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, to dedicate the new building, known as the Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation, which will house UI Sports Medicine. Refreshments will be served, and tours will be available after the ceremony. Free parking for the event will be available on site.

The second event is an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, where the public can tour the facility. Refreshments will be served.

The facility, which is located at 2701 Prairie Meadow Drive in Iowa City, is one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified buildings on the UI campus, a designation reserved for energy-efficient buildings. The new building is located just off Mormon Trek Boulevard, near the Roy G. Karro Hawkeye Hall of Fame building.

UI officials scheduled to speak at the ribbon-cutting event include UI President Sally Mason; UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, M.D.; UI Athletics Director Gary Barta; Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; and Ned Amendola, M.D., professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation and director of UI Sports Medicine.

"After years of planning and preparation, we are excited to be opening this incredible facility," Amendola said. "The center is home to state-of-the-art clinical and rehabilitation facilities, and our team includes some of Iowa's finest sports medicine specialists: orthopedic surgeons, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, rehabilitation therapists and researchers. These specialists will work together to create the best plan of care for each individual patient."

Athletes also will benefit from performance enhancement programs. All patients will have access to comprehensive rehabilitation services, including a hydrotherapy pool, custom orthotics, athletic shoewear modification and bracing, training aids and rehabilitation accessories.

The 26,000-square-foot building cost $6 million to construct. The facility includes 16 examination rooms and four treatment rooms. Almost 7,500 square feet will be devoted to rehabilitation services, including the hydrotherapy pool. In addition, the facility houses other medical specialties, including care for children's injuries, and orthopedic subspecialty clinics devoted to treating disorders of the hand, shoulder, foot and ankle.

The proximity of surgical and medical clinics with rehabilitation facilities and comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic services underscores the center's multidisciplinary approach to sports medicine and will allow patients to have all their needs met under one roof.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, IA  52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124,