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Aug. 26, 2008

Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute holds groundbreaking

University of Iowa leaders helped lead off the construction of the new UI Institute of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation during a ceremonial groundbreaking event today at 10 a.m. at the site near the UI Athletics Hall of Fame on Mormon Trek Boulevard in Iowa City.

Once completed in fall of 2009, the $5.9 million facility will help better meet the expanding needs of Iowans for orthopedics, sports medicine, imaging and rehabilitation services in an accessible, state-of-the-art setting that will also enhance the UI's educational and research missions.

"As the population of the state ages, so will our need to emphasize wellness and help Iowans remain as active as possible," said Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. "The UI Institute of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will play a key role in helping to keep all of our citizens in communities across our state as healthy as they can for as long as they can."

The 26,000-square-foot building will include 16 examination rooms and four treatment rooms. More than 5,100 square feet will be devoted to rehabilitation services, including a hydrotherapy pool. In addition, the facility will house other orthopedic subspecialty clinics devoted to treating disorders of the hand, shoulder, foot and ankle.

The institute will provide expertise in athletic medicine, injury management, prevention and rehabilitation from orthopedic surgeons, family practitioners, pediatricians, internists, athletic trainers, physical therapists and other performance specialists.

"All of our faculty and staff will have a special focus on people participating in sports and fitness activities and will help them stay active throughout all stages of life," said Ned Amendola, M.D., director of UI Sports Medicine. "While we are looking forward to meeting the needs of elite athletes, we will serve people from all walks of life, including older adults who want to maintain their mobility so they can remain active in their daily endeavors."

The location of the new UI Institute of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will provide convenient access for patients. The facility also boasts a full array of imaging technology, including X-ray and MRI, that will permit patients to have their needs met under one roof.

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

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