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Cedar Rapids announces new medical district

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-  The drive down Tenth Street in Cedar Rapids will have a whole new look in the coming years.

The city has spent months listening to feedback on how people want to see their city rebuilt after 2008's floods.

Now this vision is beginning to take shape.

"This announcement is important first step in redeveloping our downtown area," said Cedar Rapids City Manager Jim Prosser.

The city is partnering with Mercy Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Physicians' Clinic of Iowa to create a downtown medical district.

"We want to be known throughout the state and region as a medical destination," said Cedar Rapids mayor Kay Halloran

As part of the plan, the city will provide infrastructure improvements to support the new district, incluing a new streetscape, lighting, parking, and traffic circulation throughout the area.

"Downtowns are signatures of communities and in the case of Cedar Rapids the medical community play a really important role in establishing quality of life but also providing a basis for other reinvestment," said Prosser.

City leaders say they expect the new economic development district to help attract and retain good jobs.

Health care officials see plenty of additional benefits for their patients.

As part of this new medical district the Phycians' Clinic of Iowa will consolidate its five offices into one.  The new 180 thousand square foot medical mall will join St. Lukes and Mercy on Tenth Street.

The new facility means P.C.I., St. Lukes, and Mercy will be in close proximity with one another.

It's a sign of their willingness to work together to provide more effeceint services.

"What i think is most exciting about this prospect is not just the dollars that will be invested but the actual change in which we'll be able to deliver patient care," said Tim Charles, CEO and President of Mercy Medical Center.

It's a step in the long road ahead to building a better, stronger Cedar Rapids.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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