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Release: Feb. 18, 2000


New otolaryngology facilities at Pomerantz Family Pavilion

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Journalists may obtain a sneak preview of the new, state-of-the-art University of Iowa department of otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Institute at the UI Hospitals and Clinics at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, on the second level of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.

"This is truly a premier, world-class facility," said Bruce Gantz, UI professor and head of otolaryngology. "The combination of cutting edge technology, advanced patient care, research and education makes this a center of excellence that is unequaled anywhere."

The 40,000 square-foot institute is among the largest of its kind. Some of its special features include separate waiting areas and examination rooms for different groups of patients, including a location for pediatric patients. Specialists will use advanced technology in the state-of-the-art examination rooms to capture medical images, show the images to patients and archive the images for use during return visits.

"These features are highly innovative. This institute makes it possible to care for patients in a whole different way," said Gantz. "There isn't anything like it anywhere else."

The institute also features a Cochlear Implant Center, a Balance Disorders Center, an Assistive Listening Device and Hearing Aid Center, a Voice and Swallowing Center, a Hereditary Hearing Loss Genetics Counseling Center, a Craniofacial Reconstructive Center, and a Head and Neck Outcomes Center. There are also eight sound booths and a nearby pharmacy.

Gantz will be available during the media open house to speak with reporters and to demonstrate the unique features of the institute. For more information about this media availability, contact Tom Moore at (319) 356-3945.

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.