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University of Iowa News Release


March 23, 2007

Ambulatory Surgery Center To Open At UI Hospitals and Clinics

Faculty and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will begin caring for patients in the new Ambulatory Surgery Center in Iowa's only comprehensive academic health center next Monday, March 26, following a special open house event for the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

UI Ambulatory Surgery is Iowa City's first full-service, multi-specialty surgery center. The facility is located on the fourth level of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.

The new Ambulatory Surgery Center provides an enhanced, patient-focused experience that offers the best of both worlds: a health care team fully dedicated to comfort and care of outpatients and their families, combined with the latest state-of-the-art technology that assures the highest quality surgical capabilities and expertise.

"We're extremely pleased to be opening this new surgery center," said Doug Merrill, M.D., medical director. "With this new facility, we ensure our surgeons have the most up-to-date technology, including video links that can connect us here and around the world. And we have a staff dedicated to the best possible patient experience."

"We've really focused on our patients and their families with this new center," added Donna Katen-Bahensky, senior associate vice president of medical affairs and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "I think our patients will find it more convenient and will like our special attention to both children and adults."

UI Ambulatory Surgery features include:

-- Free valet parking, separate adult and pediatric waiting areas, private rooms for preoperative and recovery care, and a staff committed to service excellence.

-- Unmatched surgical expertise for this region, where surgeons who are part of nationally ranked clinical departments bring their skill to bear on everything from insertion of ear tubes to gallbladder removal and hernia repair.

-- State-of-the-art outpatient surgery suites.

-- Access to the depth and breadth of one of "America's Best Hospitals" and highly ranked children's hospitals.

-- A team approach with physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and more all dedicated and specially trained for outpatient surgical care.

To find out more about the UI Ambulatory Surgery, visit or call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll free 800-777-8442.

UI Ambulatory Surgery is among the many services offered by UI Hospitals and Clinics, one of the premier academic medical centers in the Midwest regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Pediatric patients also benefit from the expertise found at Children's Hospital of Iowa, ranked among the top 20 children's hospitals in 2007 by Child magazine. The physicians are all members of UI Physicians, Iowa's largest and most comprehensive group practice; more than 180 have been selected as "Best Doctors in America" in recent rankings.

For more information about UI Ambulatory surgery, go online to

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,