CONTACT: MICHAEL SONDERGARD
CONTACT: LARRY MC GRANAHAN
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
UI dialysis services and enhanced specialty clinics now available
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Washington area residents are now offered easier
access to University of Iowa dialysis services and high quality specialty
clinics through newly opened facilities on the Washington County Hospital
The UI Clinical Outreach Dialysis Unit and Specialty Clinic, located
at 414 E. Polk St. on the southwest corner of the Washington County Hospital
campus, offers convenient patient service and accessibility, including
free on-site patient parking, said Larry McGranahan, administrator of Clinical
Outreach Services at the UI.
"It's our mission to provide high quality, community-based services
to the people of Iowa," McGranahan said. "It's exciting because
we're now able to provide dialysis services that haven't been available
in the Washington area until now. We will now also have the flexibility
to expand existing specialty clinics or add new specialties that were previously
unavailable. None of this would have been possible without the collaboration
and support that we have received from Washington County Hospital."
The new center reflects a first-of-its kind collaboration between the
UI and the Washington County Hospital. University staff were involved in
the planning of the new space, which was designed specifically to house
the dialysis unit and visiting specialty clinics. Ron Davis, chief executive
officer of the Washington County Hospital, said the development of the
dialysis unit was in direct response to requests from Washington area residents.
Washington County Hospital provides building space and staff support while
the UI provides trained health care specialists. "It is a win-win
situation for everyone," Davis said. "The number one advantage
for patients is accessibility, along with quality, state-of-the-art equipment
and top-notch professional staff provided by the UI."
Frank Gedney, technical director of the Renal Dialysis Treatment Center
at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the dialysis unit in Washington,
has already provided treatment for its first patient and will serve at
least a dozen other patients on-site, along with several patients from
their homes. "It's part of our ongoing plans to provide dialysis to
people without making them travel to Iowa City," Gedney said. "We
think dialysis patients will greatly appreciate being able to receive treatment
closer to home."
The dialysis unit joins three other dialysis outreach clinics provided
by the UI Clinical Outreach Services in Muscatine, Grinnell, and North
Liberty. Each unit is designed to meet the UIHCs' high standards for quality,
In addition to dialysis, the facility provides a new and convenient
home for six specialty clinics provided in Washington by the UI. Visiting
specialty clinics are provided in Washington in the following specialties:
dermatology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, occupational medicine, psychiatry,
and pulmonary diseases.
For more information about dialysis services at the UI Clinical Outreach
Dialysis Unit and Specialty Clinics, call Frank Gedney at (319) 356-3047.
To make a patient appointment with one of the UI's visiting specialty clinics,
call (319) 653-5481.