University of Iowa Health Care to expand presence at Iowa River Landing

$11 million project will allow for more complex procedures at the main campus

CORALVILLE — The fifth floor of University of Iowa Health Care-Iowa River Landing will soon be home to a new space for procedures.

The facility at 105 E. Ninth St. to expand to include a procedural suite on the fifth floor for endoscopies, colonoscopies as well as upper endoscopies to help screening for cancer, said Rami Boutros, executive medical director of offsite ambulatory programs.

"The university services the whole state," Boutros said. "This will allow us the opportunity to move some of the screenings to a convenient location and allow us to do more of the complex procedures that we need to do on campus."

The total estimated budget for the project is $11 million, said Steve Woodward, administrator for UI Health Care-Iowa River Landing.

The plan is to build four procedure rooms with a waiting area.

"If you look on colorectal cancer screenings, it is really underperformed," Boutros said. "If you look at Johnson County, 6 out of 100 people get their colonoscopies as recommended for people over 45 years of age which is really an important procedure."

By performing screenings, the goal is to prevent cases of colorectal cancer, Boutros said.

The project is now in the design phase and next will need approval from the Board of Regents. The project will then go for bidding.

The plan is to open the floor between February and March 2015.

The number of physicians and support staff that will work on the floor has not yet been determined, Woodward said.

"The Iowa River Landing building was meant as an additional access point for the university to provide both primary and some specialty care," Woodward said.

"Obviously with the growing incident rate of cancers, this is a great way for folks to be able to have immediate and quick access to a screen procedure which can reduce the morbidity of cancer in those areas."

UI Health Care-Iowa River Landing opened in fall 2012.

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