New $73 Million Univ. of Iowa Health Clinic To Open Monday

By Addison Speck, Reporter

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CORALVILLE, Iowa - On Friday, University of Iowa Health Care leaders cut the ribbon on a new 73 million dollar clinic. The clinic is projected to eventually serve up to 300 thousand patient visits a year. The facility, located in the Iowa River Landing development in Coralville, will be easily accessible to patients and provide free parking.

University of Iowa leaders said the 167 thousand square foot facility will enhance the patients health care experience. "As we started to look at what the University Hospital needs to look like for the future, it became very clear that we couldn't do much on the main campus, unless we decongested the main campus," said Sally Mason, President of the University of Iowa. Leaders believe this will open up new doors for patient care. "We wanted to make sure that the experience that the patient has coming here, will be an experience that we were unable to give before," said Jean Robillard, Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Iowa.

The clinic was built in a developing area that leaders believe will continue to grow. "Originally in 2006 when we opened up the Marriott, we knew it would be a springboard. Now with the opening of this, we know that economic development will certainly follow," said Jim Fausett, Mayor of the City of Coralville. Mason also believes there will more to come. "Very soon there will be some excellent shopping and some wonderful dining along with a number of features that will be appealing to folks as they come to this area for their health care," she said.

Initially 225 employees, some new and some transferred, will work at the clinic. Services range from primary care to cardiology and women's health. Construction started back in 2010, doors will open Monday, October 8th.

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