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Release: April 28, 2000
Russian health care entrepreneurs visit UI Family Care Center, Belle Plaine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care's reputation for world-class
family medicine recently lured two enterprising Russian health care managers
to the UI Family Care Center, Belle Plaine, seeking tips on how to improve
their own practices back home.
The two managers -- Oleg Ashirov, vice president for design and construction
of Medicina health care enterprise in Moscow, and Sergei Rasskazov, M.D.,
director of the American Center for Family Medicine in Moscow -- visited Iowa
under a long-term exchange program with the UI Department of Family Medicine.
"We have a fruitful partnership with Russia that is already seven years
old," said Robin Paetzold, coordinator of international program development
in the UI Department of Family Medicine. "This visit by our Medicina
partners focused on the transfer of know-how relating to a local family medicine
clinic setting. The UI Family Care Center, Belle Plaine, is an excellent model
of such a setting, based on the best traditions in American family care delivery."
One crucial component of health care reform in Russia is the reorganization
of family care delivery. The Russian visitors were interested in everything
from the building's blueprints and interior design to the keeping of medical
records and the role of the nurse. UI Family Care Center, Belle Plaine was
chosen as a model family clinic to demonstrate the patient-oriented nature
of U.S. health care delivery.
Medicina is one of the few prosperous private health care enterprises in
Russia. It hosts the American Center for Family Medicine, a western-oriented
provider of health care services. Both Medicina and the American Center for
Family Medicine closely collaborate with the UI Department of Family Medicine
and UI Family Care to provide up-to-date building design, medical equipment
and quality patient services to a newly emerging category of health-conscious
and quality-demanding Russian patients.
UI Family Care Center, Belle Plaine, is an affiliate of UI Health Care.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.