CEDAR RAPIDS – Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa broke ground May 19 for the new Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion, the first of its kind in Iowa. The ceremony was conducted at the future site of the facility, 202 10th St. SE.

Speakers included Gov. Terry Branstad, Cedar Rapids Councilor Chuck Swore, Richard Pankey, co-chair of the Medical District Steering Committee; and Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa doctors.

The PCI Medical Pavilion, will be a single-stop specialty care destination in Cedar Rapids proposed medical district.

“This ceremony marks the culmination of 14 years of work toward building better health care in the Cedar Rapids area,” said Bill Devine, president of PCI, in a press release. “The new Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion will put patients at the center of specialty care and contribute to the vitality of our community when completed in 2013.”

The Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion is the first private, for-profit investment in downtown Cedar Rapids since the flood of 2008. The building of the facility will bring $16.2 million in construction employment now and $100 million annual economic impact when the doors open in 2013.

“Today’s groundbreaking for Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion proves that Iowa’s economy is rebounding by creating construction employment and keeping jobs in downtown Cedar Rapids,” said Mr. Branstad at the ceremony.  “Access to quality medical care is key to future job growth, and Iowans should be pleased to have this first-of-its-kind facility in our state.”