An increase in patients is pushing University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to expand its Iowa River Landing location.
The facility is already outgrowing its space in its first year of operation — seeing about 9,500 patients in August 2013, up from 6,000 patients in October 2012, according to a recent report to the Iowa Board of Regents.
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, which includes five new procedure suites on the fifth floor, 40 new exam rooms, and space for patient reception, waiting, preparation, and recovery.
The expansion will allow the clinic to perform colonoscopies, upper gastroenterology and urology procedures. The new procedure rooms will be designed with the ability to accommodate outpatient procedures that may be performed in the future for cardiology, urology, ophthalmology and gynecology. The project also includes the installation of a second service elevator for staff, supplies and equipment.
Steve Woodward, an administrator at UI Healthcare-Iowa River Landing, said the building will be completely built out and there will be no more additional space after the expansion.
The university owns property to the south in the complex, but there are no plans for further expansion at this time.
Construction will begin in the early 2014 and will be completed by early 2015. The clinic will stay open during the expansion.