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March 9, 2009

Lone Tree clinic expands hours, adds provider

Leaders with University of Iowa Community Medical Services (UICMS) today announced that UI Family Care-Lone Tree will offer patients more convenience and flexibility by providing extended hours of service beginning Monday, March 16 and by expanding its staff.

Regular clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and appointments are required. The new extended clinic hours will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and patients will not need an appointment to be seen during those extended hours.

During the extended hours, providers will see patients who have common illnesses and minor injuries. Families and patients can also schedule well-child check-ups and adult physicals by calling the clinic in advance.

The new member of the staff, Ruth McGowan, M.S., PA-C, will see patients of all ages by appointment and during the extended hours.

A 15-member community advisory committee representing a diverse group of citizens, businesses, and organizations from Lone Tree, Hills, Riverside and the surrounding area, recommended the extension of the clinic's hours.

The community advisory group is volunteer-based and provides recommendations on matters such as:

--New and/or expanded services offered by the clinic.
--Patient flow design.
--Community involvement and public relations.
--Interior and exterior design suggestions.

Members of the community advisory committee include:

Adam Richards           Riverside Travel Mart
Father Rich Adam        Priest, St. Mary's
Betty Kaalberg          Riverside City Council Member
Todd Yahnke             Riverside City Council Member
Tina Thomas             Riverside City Clerk
Bill Poch               Riverside Mayor
Diane Poch              Riverside Citizen
Bart Cramer             Lone Tree Citizen
Susan Chidester         Pioneer Place Interim Manager
Linda Forbes            Lone Tree Clinic Manager
David Bedell, M.D.      Lone Tree Clinic Physician
Jim Rogers              Lone Tree Clinic Assistant Administrator
Terry Protextor         UICMS Executive Director
Christine Miller        Vice Chairman, UICMS Board of Directors
Jerry Full              Liberty Growth

The community advisory committee is also helping to guide the process of relocating the clinic to a new site approximately six miles west of Lone Tree. The relocation will allow the clinic to continue to provide residents of Lone Tree with convenient, local health care services while providing accessible, primary care options to other communities in the area.

UI Family Care - Lone Tree will continue to operate in its current location at 109 West Jayne Street until the new facility is completed. David Bedell, M.D., and Natalie Lanternier, M.D., and staff will continue to care for their patients in the new location.

To reach UI Family Care - Lone Tree, call 319-629-4214.

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

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