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UIHC moving forward with plans for new outpatient clinic

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics say cost-saving measures implemented over the past several months have been working. So well, in fact, it's ready to move forward with plans for a new outpatient care facility in Coralville.

Gordon Williams, chief of operations for University of Iowa Health Care, says moving outpatient clinics away from cluttered campuses is happening at universities around the nation.

"We simply have to do a better job of providing service for our patients," said Williams in an interview Thursday.

To accomplish that goal, Williams says a new outpatient facility at the University of Iowa is imperative. It would move outpatients off the main campus.

"It's a very difficult site to navigate in a car, it's also very difficult to navigate for our patients."

Williams says the university has been in talks with the city of Coralville about the facility, which would likely stand near the Interstate 80 and First Avenue interchange. He told us it would fit in with Coralville's River Landing development project.

"First Avenue in Coralville is going to be widened, so it's a great site."

Williams says the area provides accessibility, visibility, and convenience. There's no specific timeline for the project as of yet, but he says that if the Iowa Board of Regents approves it at their February meeting, it could be finished within two years.

The proposed 150,000 square foot facility would have the capacity for 300,000 outpatient visits per year. Build cost is roughly estimated at $70 million.

"That will have a significant impact in decompressing this site. It'll also give us some room to grow internally without building any more external buildings."

Williams says the new facility will also create new jobs for medical and support staff. The proposed building would also have about 750 parking spaces for staff and patients.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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