Iowa City-based University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics received approval from the state’s Board of Regents on Jan. 12 to draw up plans for construction projects on its campus that could increase capacity by 30 to 50 percent over the next decade. Media citizen of Iowa City reported January 12.
Changes include a new patient tower, teaching and research building, outpatient care center, and renovations of outdated premises.
The system needs about 400 new beds over the next decade to meet the needs of the population, UIHC CEO Suresh Gunasekaran told the Regents press citizen.
“I think we haven’t had outer space for a long time,” said Mr. Gunasekaran. “At various times over the last decade there has been constant media attention that we have not been able to care for as many Iowans as we would like simply because we don’t have the space.”
According to the report, the costs of the project have not yet been planned.