CONTACT: TERRY PROTEXTOR
CONTACT: DEAN BORG
1309 John Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City Iowa 52242
North Liberty Family Care Center to celebrate grand opening
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Family Care Center, a new primary care health center
serving the North Liberty area, will celebrate its grand opening with an open
house from 2-4 p.m Sunday, Aug. 17.
Free health screenings and tours will be given to guests. Clowns, balloons,
an inflatable bouncing Starwalk and refreshments will be among the family-oriented
festivities at the center, located at 3 Lions Drive, near the Quail Creek
Golf Course on Highway 965. Door prizes ranging from restaurant gift certificates
to a miniature football helmet autographed by former Hawkeye football star
Marv Cook will be awarded.
"We've got something for just about everyone," says Terry Protextor,
executive director of University of Iowa Community Medical Services Inc. (UICMS).
UICMS, which manages the center, is a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary
of the UI Health System, a non-profit entity formed by the UI Hospitals and
Clinics and the UI College of Medicine.
The center's 13-member staff includes two family practitioners, Drs. Britt
Marcussen and Anne Sullivan; an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Kyra Geraghty;
and a pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Ehrhardt. All four received training at
the UI College of Medicine or have other connections to Iowa.
"I'm thrilled to be returning to Iowa," says Sullivan, a 1986 College
of Medicine graduate who has been in private practice in Torrance, Calif.,
since 1989. "It's a chance to give something back to the community that
gave me a lot during my training days."
Marcussen, a 1994 graduate of the College of Medicine, spent 11 years in
the North Liberty-Iowa City area and recently completed his residency training
in LaCrosse, Wis. Marcussen notes that the Family Care Center, with its blend
of specialists in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics,
will provide state-of-the-art primary care for North Liberty and surrounding
"Promoting and maintaining the health of people in the community will
be one of our primary goals," he says.
Geraghty, a 1991 College of Medicine graduate who grew up on a farm near
Williamsburg, Iowa, has been in private practice in Madison, Wis., the past
two years. She notes that patient education will be an important component
of the center. "This is a patient-friendly clinic, and education will
certainly be a component of the care we provide," she states. "The
new building includes a community room for that purpose."
Dr. Ehrhardt, a University of Wisconsin Medical School graduate who recently
completed her residency at the UI, hopes the Family Care Center will serve
as a bridge between the community's medical needs and the UI's commitment
to health care education and promotion. "We're all very excited by the
opportunities we have to serve peoples' health care needs in a variety of
ways," she says.
In addition to the community room, the center includes 12 examination rooms,
x-ray facilities and offices covering a total of approximately 8,200 square
"North Liberty is such a rapidly growing community that it can easily
support other physicians," Protextor says. "This will also provide
UI resident physicians with experience in the 'real worlds' of family medicine,
obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, so it's a benefit to the whole
UICMS currently owns and operates one other center, Heartland Family Health
Associates, in Perry. Protextor says UICMS was developed to provide a full
spectrum of relationships with community-based physicians, ranging from practice
acquisitions to management services.
"It's a pretty exciting time for us as we continue to evaluate other
affiliations and clinic sites throughout Iowa," Protextor notes.