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UI primary care clinic, occupational health services planned for southeast Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Southeast Iowa City residents will soon be served by a new primary care clinic and occupational medicine service affiliated with the University of Iowa.

Both services are part of a senior living community complex being built in southeast Iowa City by Dial Land Corporation of Omaha, Neb.

UI Community Medical Services Inc. (UICMS) and UI HealthWorks are partnering with Dial Land Corporation to develop the new facilities. UICMS manages a network of UI Family Care sites, including clinics in Coralville and North Liberty. UI HealthWorks partners with employers to provide workers' health services.

The new UI Family Care clinic will be staffed by a family practice physician and a geriatrics physician specialist. It will include convenient, on-site laboratory and X-ray services.

"This is one more example of how the UI is committed to providing convenient, high-quality health care to all Iowans," said Dr. John Fieselmann, director of clinical outreach services for the UI. "In addition to serving the special medical needs of residents in the assisted living community, the clinic will be an excellent health care resource for residents and employers in southeast Iowa City."

Terry Protextor, executive director of UICMS, said the new clinic serves a special need in the community. "The addition of a new assisted living complex creates a need for more services in this part of town," he said.

UICMS, formed by the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI College of Medicine, manages a network of UI Family Care clinics in eastern and central Iowa.

Dr. Tom Wallace, who directs UI HealthWorks, said the new occupational medicine office will conveniently serve Iowa City employers with both large and small staffs.

"We provide a range of services tailored to the employer's needs, including work-site surveillance and consultation, injury management and worker's consultation, health promotion, employee assistance, and executive health," he explained. "Our goal is to improve workers' health and decrease costs."

UI HealthWorks is a member of WORKSAFE IOWA, a network of premier occupational medicine programs.

The senior living community will be built on 21 acres at the southeast corner of Scott Boulevard and American Legion Road. In addition to a building housing the UI Family Care clinic and occupational medicine office, it will include a 68-unit assisted living center, a 120-unit independent living center, and a 60-unit rehabilitation center.

Merlin Lawrence, vice president of Dial Land Development Co. and project manager, said the campus-like concept will provide an attractive home for people with special living needs. "We think it's a much-needed community resource," he said.

Construction is expected to start in spring 1999.

For more information about the new UICMS clinic, call (319) 337-7642. For more information about UI HealthWorks, call (319) 384-8404 or toll-free 1-800-327-5605.