CONTACT: TERRY PROTEXTOR
University of Iowa
Community Medical Services, Inc.
Iowa City IA 52242
Tipton to be served by new primary care health center
TIPTON, Iowa -- A new primary care health center employing a board-certified
family practice physician and five support staff will begin serving Tipton
area residents Monday, July 20.
The University of Iowa Family Care Center, Tipton, located at 127 W.
South Street, is staffed by Dr. Elsie J. Verbik, a family practitioner
who graduated from the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India, in
1992. She completed her residency at Clarkson Family Practice in Omaha,
Neb. in 1996 and most recently served as assistant program director for
the Family Practice Residency Program at Beverly Hospital in Danvers, Mass.
Verbik is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. Born
in Kuwait, she and her husband, David, are the parents of a 15-month-old
daughter. Her extracurricular interests include piano, classical instrumental
music, gardening, and travel.
"This is an excellent opportunity for my family and me," Verbik
said. "We're very excited by the opportunity to live and work in Tipton."
The family-oriented facility includes laboratory and radiology support
services and can be expanded should the need arise. As part of a commitment
to health care education, the clinic will offer preventive medicine outreach
to community residents.
Tipton Mayor Wayne Deerberg said, "We're very excited to see this
project come to fruition and to have Dr. Verbik and her family join the
The clinic is managed by University of Iowa Community Medical Services
Inc. (UICMS), a subsidiary of the University of Iowa Health System, formed
by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Medicine.
In addition to Tipton, UICMS also manages new or planned clinics serving
Belle Plaine, Centerville, Coralville, Lone Tree, Lowden, North Liberty,
Ottumwa, Perry, Sigourney, Toledo, and Wapello.
Terry Protextor, executive director of UICMS, said the clinic's affiliation
with UI Community Medical Services Inc. will give patients access to the
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, an internationally recognized
comprehensive health care center. "This will certainly enhance the
health care options of people living in the Tipton area," he said.
"We think it's a win-win situation for all involved," he said.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the UI Family
Care Center, Tipton, at (319) 886-3605 or UI Community Medical Services
Inc. at (319) 337-7642.