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UnityPoint Health has relocated and expanded some of its medical clinics in the SouthPark area of Moline in a move that health officials said makes it more convenient for patients. One doctor called the move the “coordination of care” to help people in the Quad Cities region. About 50 people gathered late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 12, to help celebrate the move and expansion of UnityPoint clinics at SouthPark Point. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Quad Cities Chamber and a brief tour of the new medical facility. Guests toured the new offices and medical care space at 3922 16th St., which houses UnityPoint Occupational Health clinic with a diabetes education clinic next door. The diabetes facility offers care and has educators on site to help with education, coaching and support for people with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. That new space occupies about 13,000 square feet of the building that totals about 40,000 square feet, according to UnityPoint officials. (The clinics are located in the former Mills Chevrolet complex). The new clinics provide more space for patient care, and make it much more convenient for patients who might also need other medical services that can be provided by other nearby clinics, said Sarah Sullivan, executive director of UnityPoint Health at Work. In addition to the occupational health and diabetes education clinics, the SouthPark Pointe building also offers sports medicine, family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, lab and x-ray services, and other medical facilities. The medical clinic move and expansion project has been in the works for about 15 months, Ms. Sullivan told the QCBJ. “This just makes a lot of sense to have it all here. … It’s the coordination of care,” Dr. Albert Park, who specializes in physical medicine and physical rehabilitation, said during Wednesday’s ceremony. Dr. Tom Bollaert works with sports medicine within the new occupational health clinic. He has been working in the new clinic area for about four weeks and said the new facility is great for his patients because it offers more needed space. That space includes more patient rooms, procedure rooms and its own x-ray facility. In fact, he said sports medicine is a vastly growing part of the medical field. (Dr. Bollaert added that the term “sports medicine” is a misnomer because many people still believe you have to be a high school football quarterback with an injury in order to get care in the field.) Instead, the medical field helps many people with injuries, such as knee and shoulder issues. It helps them recover through non-surgical treatments and educating people about the recovery process for those injuries. “Once you understand the injury, you understand the dynamics of the physical therapy,” he added. The new medical facilities also include a Health at Work Moline clinic, which serves UnityPoint-Trinity employees who have been hurt on the job. Ms. Sullivan said a typical injury happens when nurses try to move patients. The clinic provides occupational health services, including accurate and fast injury diagnosis, injury prevention programs and other wellness/illness resources. “These additional services will offer the same level of amazing care with a more convenient experience for patients,” according to information from UnityPoint.