A new $6 million University of Iowa sports medicine and orthopaedic facility brings together specialists in a state-of-the-art clinic at a convenient location, UI officials said.
The Institute for Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation will be unveiled at events today and Saturday.
The institute includes UI Sports Medicine, which offers sports medicine to UI athletes and exercisers of all ages and fitness levels.
“This really brings us together in one location so that it makes it much more accessible and effective for the athletes and patients,” Dr. Ned Amendola, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation and director of UI Sports Medicine, said. “It’s providing a service not only to the university and its community, but also the community around Iowa City and the state.”
The 26,000-square-foot building is at 2701 Prairie Meadow Drive, near UI athletic facilities. It includes 16 exam rooms and four treatment rooms. Almost 7,500 square feet will be devoted to rehabilitation services, including a hydrotherapy pool. The facility also houses other specialties, such as care for children’s injuries and orthopaedic subspecialty clinics devoted to treating disorders of the hand, shoulder, foot and ankle.
All patients will have access to comprehensive rehabilitation services, including a hydrotherapy pool, custom orthotics, athletic shoe modification and bracing, training aids and rehabilitation accessories.
“We can do it all in one place rather than in separate locations in the hospital,” Amendola said.
The building is one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified facilities on campus.
The public can see the new facility during two events: a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, featuring UI President Sally Mason, and an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.