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Release: May 31, 2001
UICMS to close UI Family Care clinic in Tipton
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Community Medical Services, Inc. (UICMS)
today announced plans to close a primary care clinic in Tipton, effective
Friday, June 29.
UI Family Care Center, Tipton, which opened in July 1998, has employed one
physician, one physician assistant, and five support staff. It has been a
part of the UI Family Care network of clinics located in eastern and central
"We are pleased to have offered Tipton a primary care option,"
said Terry Protextor, executive director of UICMS. "In fact, we opened
the clinic at the invitation of community leaders, at a time when they perceived
a need for additional primary care services. While our presence helped stabilize
the level of services available to area residents, it turns out that support
for the clinic did not meet expectations, and we cannot justify its continued
The decision to close the clinic was made by the UICMS Board of Directors.
Stuart Werling, a Tipton native who practices law in the community, said
he and his family will miss the clinics services and its contributions
to the quality of life in Tipton. "My entire family has used the clinics
services and we had a great relationship with Dr. (Elsie) Verbik and with
the physician assistant, Andy Jaszewski. They are kind, caring professionals.
They and the clinic will be greatly missed."
Protextor said the organization is always evaluating the viability of UI
Family Care clinics against the universitys mission of service to all
Iowans. "We dont open a new clinic without evaluating the perceived
needs of the community, and we dont close one without a thorough review
of operations and community support," he said.
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. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.