University of Iowa Health Care debuts new urgent care, sports clinic in Cedar Rapids


Nurse Kelsey Karim, left, is shown April 27 with a simulated affected individual on crutches at Cedar Rapids Urgent Treatment, (Liz Martin, University of Iowa Wellbeing Treatment)

Cedar Rapids Urgent Treatment is situated at 411 10th St. SE. (Liz Martin, University of Iowa Health Care)

CEDAR RAPIDS — College of Iowa Well being Treatment on Tuesday opened new Urgent Care and Athletics Medication clinics in Cedar Rapids, located in the city’s MedQuarter in close proximity to Mercy Medical Centre and UnityPoint Wellbeing-St. Luke’s Medical center.

The two new clinics complement UIHC’s existing major and specialty care services in Cedar Rapids and expand accessibility. The walk-in UI Urgent Care-Cedar Rapids at 411 10th St. SE is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A new UI Sports Medication clinic — situated in the similar place — gives identical-day and following-working day appointments for orthopedic-similar injuries and needs.

The target, in accordance to UI Neighborhood Clinics Director of Scientific Solutions Rachel Kirchner, is to “expand convenient treatment solutions for persons in Cedar Rapids, as perfectly as deliver greater continuity of care for the thousands of current UI Well being Treatment clients and employees that are living in the Cedar Rapids area.”

UIHC a short while ago confronted pushback from Cedar Rapids-region companies — which includes Mercy and St. Luke’s — in its application to make a new $395 million, 469,000-square-foot medical center and clinics web site in North Liberty, along Forevergreen Street off Interstate 380.

Neighborhood hospitals voiced problem UIHC was veering out of its lane by seeking to compete for most important care clients in the corridor — which the nearby companies explained they have ability to provide.

UIHC executives responded by asserting the North Liberty venture aims to expand the university’s potential to treatment for the sickest and most acute clients throughout the point out.

“Expansion of tertiary treatment providers at UIHC does not threaten group hospitals,” according to an August UIHC presentation to the Condition Health Services Council, which authorized the North Liberty task. “Our major and secondary care clinics emphasis on instructing, increasing to train more citizens and professional medical pupils every year.”

UIHC officers said the new Cedar Rapids clinics — growing on current pediatrics and OB-GYN clinics in the town — supply Cedar Rapids-dependent people a a lot more easy solution for continuity of care.

They give acute-treatment solutions for minimal health problems and injuries “and generally have shorter wait around times than a fast paced emergency place,” in accordance to a UIHC announcement of the Cedar Rapids opening.

Especially, UI Urgent Care locations — like its other two in Coralville and Iowa Metropolis — can provide IV fluids, stitches, X-rays, and casting for broken bones.

To this week’s news of UI’s clinic openings in Cedar Rapids, UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids President and CEO Michelle Niermann explained, “UnityPoint Well being is previously perfectly positioned to serve our Cedar Rapids local community with major treatment, urgent care and multi-specialty options.”

University officials Tuesday explained to The Gazette they did not have project expenses “readily available.” They’re leasing the new clinics’ room, according to a UIHC spokeswoman Laura Shoemaker.

“We have hundreds of people who currently dwell in Cedar Rapids,” Shoemaker claimed. “Many of these folks initial grew to become recognized patients with UI Wellbeing Treatment because they have sophisticated specialty treatment needs. Some of these clients want to get their most important care products and services within just the exact wellbeing program to allow for improved continuity of treatment.”

Lots of UIHC employees, moreover, are living in Cedar Rapids and want to get their overall health care as a result of their employer, in accordance to Shoemaker.

“Our intention is to give both of these populations with additional convenient accessibility to care by locating some of our most important treatment solutions closer to wherever they are living,” she claimed.

By co-locating a sports drugs clinic in the very same Urgent Care-Cedar Rapids house, UIHC aims to supply a “seamless practical experience for patients who look for care for orthopedic accidents.”


Orthopedics was among the warm-button concerns reviewed as part of UIHC’s application to build in North Liberty. The university’s first proposal in 2020 proposed “orthopedic surgical procedure would account for a sizeable part of the initial assistance blend,” and proposed a majority of its inpatient beds would be for orthopedics or ambulatory restoration — like hip and knee arthroscopes, which also involve orthopedics.

Neighborhood clinic and care vendors elevated UIHC’s orthopedic intentions between considerations about the chance to their operations. And UIHC’s revised software eradicated the orthopedic language, with officials telling The Gazette in the drop that specialty options at the new facility stay versatile.

Subsequently, the condition in March gave the go-ahead for a new $19.2 million Steindler North Liberty Ambulatory Surgical treatment Middle — in close proximity to in which UIHC is creating. The heart is element of a greater task to include a new Steindler Orthopedic Clinic.

The college, ahead of the condition authorized that venture, questioned the council to think about earlier-submitted info and testimony “indicating that Japanese Iowa has significant capacity obtainable in both community healthcare facility and ambulatory surgical settings that at this time is going unused.”

UIHC officials wrote details “are not regular with the have to have for either an more ambulatory surgical procedures center or a new orthopedic hospital in Johnson County.”

Main company location

UIHC considers its major assistance location to be 10 counties in southeast Iowa, which include Johnson — wherever it’s situated — and Linn County, home to Cedar Rapids. In 2021, 92,121 of UIHC’s clinic visits associated individuals from Linn, 2nd only to 393,681 clinic visits from Johnson County people.

Of its total 32,400 inpatient discharges previous calendar year, 14,394 of its 32,400 inpatient discharges originated from that main provider location. The future closest company parts contain 7 counties to the south and the Quad-Metropolitan areas location.

Linn County, specifically, accounted for 2,348 UIHC discharges in the 2021 calendar year, second to Johnson County’s 6,918. Extra than 3,000 UIHC unexpected emergency home visits originated in Linn County last 12 months, 2nd to Johnson’s 5,459.

Vanessa Miller covers increased education for The Gazette.

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