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Eastern Iowa Sleep Center signs lease for lab in expanded PCI facility

The Eastern Iowa Sleep Center will occupy space in the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s under-construction Medical Pavilion II building. (Rendering Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa)
The Eastern Iowa Sleep Center will occupy space in the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s under-construction Medical Pavilion II building. (Rendering Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Eastern Iowa Sleep Center has signed an agreement to open a new laboratory in the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s expanded medical facility now under construction.

Sleep center representatives signed the long-term lease Thursday to occupy space in the new 100,000-square-foot facility between Second and Third avenues SE in Cedar Rapids, scheduled for completion in late 2019.

PCI representatives say the move to its Medical Pavilion II will create convenient continuity of care for patients with difficulty sleeping.

“PCI’s Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic will co-locate on the same floor, creating a seamless experience for patients,” Michael Sundall, PCI’s CEO, said in a news release.

“Not only will patients be able to see their clinician and access all the needed services in one location, but the sleep medicine staff from both entities will enjoy greater ability to cooperate and coordinate treatment.”

The sleep center lab features will include 12 in-lab patient sleep study rooms and five staff offices. plus cutting edge in-lab and home sleep apnea test study technology.

Lisa Gleason, the sleep center’s administrative director, said the new lab represents a “terrific opportunity for EISC to bring sleep medicine care to a new level” and provide better care for patients.

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Through the sleep center, PCI’s neurology and sleep medicine providers have carried out sleep studies and treated patients for conditions ranging from sleepwalking and insomnia to narcolepsy and nocturnal seizures.

PCI, UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Medical Center partnered in 2007 to form the sleep center as an independent diagnostic testing facility.

The sleep center has 20 rooms based out of Mercy’s building on Seventh Street SE and conducts more than 100 in-lab and home sleep apnea tests each week.

The sleep center has a second facility in Belle Plaine, Iowa, and provides sleep testing at three other Eastern Iowa medical centers, according to its website.

PCI’s new medical facility began construction in May 2018, and clinic representatives said at the time it ultimately will serve 600 to 800 patients a day, beyond the more than 2,000 patients and guests who visit PCI each day.

The new facility marks PCI’s second major expansion since it opened its medical pavilion downtown in 2013.

Clinic representatives did not specify any additional tenants beyond the sleep center on Thursday but previously has said the new facility could house eye care and chiropractic service partners, a fitness center and a cafe.

EISC and PCI’s Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic will together occupy approximately 19,000 square feet in the new facility, leaving around 20,000-30,000 square feet of space available for other tenants, a PCI spokeswoman said.

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More space also will be freed up in PCI’s current medical pavilion as some of its existing services move into the new pavilion, the spokeswoman added.

“We are diligent in locating new and unique ways to make our patients’ experiences with us as streamlined and coordinated as possible,” Sundall said.

“This new venture with EISC fits perfectly with that vision and positions Cedar Rapids and the Medical Quarter where we’re located as Iowa’s premiere medical destination.”

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