CONTACTS: DR. MALEKA AHMED (515) 682-2514
TERRY PROTEXTOR (319) 356-4777
MICHAEL SONDERGARD (515) 356-7123
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 335-8034
Ottumwa cancer specialist affiliates with UI Community Medical Services
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Ottumwa physician practice that specializes in
treating cancer patients has affiliated with University of Iowa Community
Medical Services, Inc. (UICMS), effective Sept. 1, 1997. Medical Oncology
and Hematology of Ottumwa decided to affiliate with UICMS because it will
enhance patient access to state-of-the-art cancer care and promote a teaching
and research partnership with the University of Iowa, said Dr. Maleka Z.
Ahmed, who directs the clinic.
"We're very excited by this opportunity," she said, noting
the affiliation will advance her relationship with cancer specialists at
the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and provide patients
with the opportunity to participate in University of Iowa clinical research
trials in addition to research trials already ongoing through the Mayo
Dr. Ahmed, who is board certified specialist in hematology-oncology
and internal medicine, will receive an appointment to the clinical faculty
at the UI, according to Dr. Robert Dreicer, who coordinates adult hematology-oncology
clinical services at University Hospitals.
"Dr. Ahmed is an outstanding physician who is highly regarded by
her colleagues," he said. "We're very pleased that she decided
to seek a formal partnership with UICMS."
Clarence Cory, president of Ottumwa Regional Health Center, welcomed
the relationship between the University of Iowa and Ahmed. "It assures
that quality oncology services in our region will continue into the future."
Dr. Pete Reiter, Ottumwa medical director for Integra Health Internal
Medicine, said the UI association will benefit the entire Ottumwa community.
"This relationship will assure that Ottumwa has oncology services
52 weeks a year, even when Dr. Ahmed is away," he said. "It
will also benefit Dr. Ahmed by providing additional support and interaction
with the University of Iowa."
Dr. John Fieselmann, medical director for UICMS, added that the affiliation
will enable Ahmed to participate in the teaching programs of the UI, using
her clinic as a teaching site for oncology fellows and resident physicians.
"Patients will be able to choose whether to allow a trainee to
participate with Dr. Ahmed when receiving their care," he said. "Dr.
Ahmed's participation in our teaching activities creates valuable new educational
opportunities for all concerned."
In addition to Ahmed, Medical Oncology and Hematology of Ottumwa includes
two nurses and a receptionist. Under the affiliation agreement, the practice
retains its name, and Ahmed and her staff continue to operate out of the
clinical building adjacent to Ottumwa Regional Health Care Center on Pennsylvania
Ahmed is currently Ottumwa's only cancer specialist.
Terry Protextor, executive director of UI Community Medical Services,
Inc., said the organization's acquisition reinforces a long-standing relationship.
"This affiliation very much supports the strong bonds of mutual trust
and service to community that have existed between the University of Iowa
and Ottumwa's physicians for many years," he said.
Protextor noted that since its inception, UICMS has been interested
in affiliating with physicians who desire an educational relationship with
the UI College of Medicine. "The fact that Dr. Ahmed came to us with
a sincere interest in teaching suggests her practice is a perfect fit for
our expanding network," he said.
UI Community Medical Services, Inc. is a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary
of the University of Iowa Health System, a non-profit entity formed by
the UI College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Protextor said UI Community Medical Services, Inc. has been developed
to provide a full spectrum of relationships with community-based physicians,
ranging from practice acquisitions to management services.
"Our strong physician governance structure ensures that physicians
have a voice in managing their medical practices, while operating a quality-driven,
patient-oriented practice," he said.
In addition to the Ottumwa affiliation, UICMS has a similar affiliation
with a primary care practice in Perry. UICMS also developed a new family
care center in North Liberty and plans to open similar ventures in Belle
Plaine and Tipton. Protextor said UICMS continues to evaluate other affiliations
and clinic sites throughout Iowa.