Iowa news MercyOne Newton asks county for $2M donation MercyOne Newton Medical Center may receive American Rescue Plan Act funds from Jasper County to go toward facility improvements. During the Sept. 27 county board of supervisors meeting, Chad Kelley, director of operations for MercyOne Newton, requested the hospital at least
Iowa news New COVID-19 cases drop 60% since start of September The COVID-19 pandemic continued to recede in Iowa over the past week. New reported COVID-19 cases dropped nearly 30% week over the week, the state health department said. There were 2,091 new cases reported this week, or an average
Iowa news MercyOne says Sioux City hospital in ‘full compliance’ with CMS vaccination requirements MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center said it is in “full compliance” with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements for COVID-19 vaccination of staff. Documents posted to the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals’ website showed MercyOne
Iowa news Nursing home residents are in a ‘precarious position’ A Nebraska bank has told a federal judge that the proposed new owner of an Iowa nursing home chain has left the elderly residents of those facilities in a “precarious position.” Lincoln Savings Bank is asking the judge for the
Iowa news Flu season may be really bad in Iowa this year. Here’s why, and how to protect yourself Iowa could be in for a rough flu season this year, health officials say. Seasonal influenza is unpredictable, but indicators show this year’s strain of the respiratory virus could be severe.
Iowa news Iowa health system receives $753K grant for Epic EHR install Washington County Hospital and Clinics has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approximately $753,000. All the funds will go toward implementing a new electronic health record system from Epic Systems. The grant is not
Iowa news Iowa among states with greatest ‘brain drains’ Small, rural states are hit hardest by college-educated graduates moving away, and Iowa ranks 10th among states with the highest percentage of college graduate losses. This “brain drain” analysis was conducted by economists at the University of North Carolina, the W.E.
Iowa news Waukee City Council approves financial incentives for Iowa Clinic specialty, surgery center The Iowa Clinic is looking to add a third Waukee location and the city is offering nearly $1.7 million to make it happen. The physician-owned chain of clinics and urgent care centers is slated to be
Iowa news UnityPoint Health noted by Fitch and Moody’s as among 14 systems with strong finances Reports from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service have identified UnityPoint Health as one of 14 health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions. According to the reports, UnityPoint Health has an
Iowa news Levy proposed in Jones County would help fund rural EMS Funding emergency medical services is a concern in many rural parts of the state. It’s what’s prompting leaders in Jones County to propose a new levy. They’re asking voters to approve 35 cents per $1,000 in valuation. An
Iowa news COVID-19 stays steady in Iowa Changes in COVID-19 statistics in Iowa were minimal last week, maintaining a trajectory similar to the past few months, according to data released Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The number of people
Iowa news Youth suicides underscore state officials’ concerns for pandemic’s impact on children’s mental health in Iowa The Iowa Department of Public Health, in partnership with Polk County public health officials, has formally requested assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study youth suicide patterns and