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New Iowa River Landing clinic expected to open in October

Facility will offer outpatient services in numerous primary care and specialty areas

The new University Hospitals Outpatient Clinic is nearing completion Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville. The Iowa River Landing outpatient clinic is scheduled to open in October. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)
The new University Hospitals Outpatient Clinic is nearing completion Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville. The Iowa River Landing outpatient clinic is scheduled to open in October. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

CORALVILLE — Construction work is still being completed, but patient appointments are already on the books for the University of Iowa’s new Iowa River Landing clinic, set to open in Coralville on Oct. 8.

The nearly $72 million facility will offer outpatient services in numerous primary care and specialty areas, including internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, urology and women’s health.

Construction and the budget are both on target for the clinic opening, said Rami Boutros, executive medical director of off-site ambulatory care programs for UI Hospitals and Clinics. Officials expect to host a public open house at the new clinic before opening day, he said.

“From our patient perspective, it is something exciting,” Boutros said. “We are trying our best to provide the services that they need and give them a new experience.”

The new clinic will offer multiple specialties in a facility with easy access, just south of Interstate 80 in Coralville, Boutros said.

“Many of our patients, with the easy layout and easy access, they will find that facility to be really a great experience,” he said.

The new clinic is expected to reduce visits to the UI Hospitals and Clinics’ crowded main campus by at least 200,000 annually, officials have said. The clinic is part of efforts to move more outpatient, ambulatory services off site for easier access, and to free up more space at the hospital campus.

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Patient numbers are expected to grow at Iowa River Landing after the first year, once the five-story clinic is fully developed.

Construction on the clinic is in the final stages, Boutros said, with equipment and furniture now going in. Landscaping work is being done as well.

Hiring staff for the clinic also is in process, Boutros said. Much of the total staff — about 240 to 260 people — will be brought from the main hospital campus, but it’s also expected to include 60 to 80 new hires, he said. Hospital staffers were given the option of choosing to work at Iowa River Landing, he said.

Nurses and support staff will be based on Iowa River Landing as their primary work site, while most doctors will go back and forth between the clinic and hospital campus, Boutros said. An electronic records system will help with efficiency and help provide a “seamless” visit for patients, he said.

“Imagine this as another tower, but it’s in Coralville instead of being on the hospital campus,” Boutros said. “There should not be any disruption for patients.”

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