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Release: Immediate

New primary care clinic to serve Wapello residents

IOWA CITY, Iowa --A new primary care health center with on-site laboratory services will begin serving Wapello area residents Monday, Dec. 28.

University of Iowa Family Care, Wapello, will be staffed by Dr. Tibor Fulop, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and nephrology (kidney care). Fulop will be supported by nursing professionals and clerical staff.

"We're very excited to join the community," said Fulop, who recently moved to Wapello with his wife, Dr. Sylvia Molitorisz, and two children. "We've heard wonderful things about Wapello and the friendly people who live here."

After graduating with honors (summa cum laude) from Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary, Fulop completed residency training in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He then came to the UI for residency training in nephrology, which he recently completed.

Bill Small, a banker and member of the Wapello Community Ambulance Service and the Wapello Fire/Rescue Squad, said he is looking forward to the clinic's opening.

"It's something we really need, especially since the nearest hospital is 25 minutes away," he said. "Having the UI involved in a Wapello clinic is a real plus for just about everybody."

Wapello resident Mike Hodges shared Small's enthusiasm. "It's a welcome addition, that's for sure," he said. "It supports our strong belief that Wapello is a great place to live with many good services, including top-notch medical care."

UI Family Care, Wapello, is located at 218 N. Second St. The clinic is managed by UI Community Medical Services Inc. (UICMS), formed by the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Medicine. Terry Protextor, executive director of UICMS, said the new clinic fills a void in the community.

"The need for additional medical services is definitely there or we wouldn't be here," he said. "We're happy to be part of the Wapello community, and we have a lot of community leaders to thank for that and for getting this facility built."

Dr. John Fieselmann, medical director for UICMS, views the clinic as an outward expression of the UI's commitment to rural health care. "Wapello will clearly benefit from the on-site presence of a physician," he said. "It's a win-win situation for all involved."

UI Family Care, Wapello, joins a growing network of UI Family Care centers providing primary care services to residents in Eastern Iowa communities. For information about the clinic or to schedule an appointment, call (319) 523-8205.