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New Family Medicine Facility to be Built on Melrose Avenue

family medicine building southeast viewSoutheast view from Melrose Ave
family medicine building northeast viewNortheast view from parking lot

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved the schematic design, project description, and budget for a new family medicine building, located at the northwest corner of Melrose Avenue and Hawkeye Park Road (across from the entrance to Iowa City West High School).

This state-of-the-art facility—a two-story building with approximately 45,000 gross square feet of space—will serve as the new home for the UI Department of Family Medicine, currently located on the lower level of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion. It will include clinical exam/procedure rooms, radiology and laboratory services, counseling/therapy rooms, clinical staff offices, and workstation areas, plus faculty and departmental offices and other administrative support spaces.

Leaders for this remarkable new expansion effort are Rami Boutros, MD, Executive Medical Director, Off-Site Ambulatory Care Programs, and Paul James, MD, Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine.

Construction on the $14.6 million project—financed with hospital building usage funds, requiring no state appropriated dollars—will begin in early 2013. The new building is scheduled to open in June 2014.

The regents’ approval of the family medicine project is a key milestone in the transformation and long-term growth of our organization. The new building will:

  • Provide the Department of Family Medicine with world-class facilities for its clinical, education and training, and research missions—in direct response to the need for additional primary care physicians in Iowa
  • Support the development of technological and other innovations in primary care medicine
  • Offer easy access and convenience for current and new patients seeking primary care services
  • Create new opportunities for planning and use of space on the main hospital campus

Stay tuned over the coming months for updates about our progress on this exciting project.