Henry County Health Center has partnered with Great River Health for many years. In addition to the management agreement established over 10 years ago, HCHC and GRH have successfully worked together in several clinical endeavors which include Rehabilitation Services, Oncology/Hematology, and most recently Labor and Delivery. This regional partnership has been instrumental in meeting the healthcare needs of Southeast Iowa residents.
On Tuesday, March 2, Henry County voters gave a clear signal to move forward with an expanded partnership between HCHC and Great River Health. There was strong majority approval in the special election with the ballot measure passing 59%-41%. County residents voted to authorize the HCHC Board of Trustees to pursue an operational lease agreement between HCHC and Great River Health. Starting in July, Great River Health will lease HCHC’s facilities and assets, and will operate the health center. The expanded partnership, which takes effect July 1, 2021, will provide financial stability to HCHC, and will ensure health care continues to be managed locally. Click HERE to read more.
On Nov. 17, the HCHC Board of Trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue an expanded lease agreement with Great River Health, a trusted partner that can enhance HCHC’s current services and establish long-term stability for the region. The board then approved the expanded lease agreement at its December 15 meeting. Click here for the Operating Lease Summary. More information about how HCHC moved forward to secure the lease agreement can be found below.
Henry County Health Center moves forward with plan to secure lease agreement with Great River Health
HCHC to be operated by Great River Health, subject to March 2021 county vote
MOUNT PLEASANT (November 17, 2020) – Today, the Henry County Health Center (HCHC) Board of Trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue an expanded lease agreement with Great River Health (GRH). In the coming weeks, the two organizations will perform due diligence and formalize the decision with a HCHC Board vote to approve the plan at its December 15 meeting. The lease agreement will be put to a vote before Henry County residents and finalized if the special proposition is approved in a March 2021 special election.
“For more than 10 years, we have partnered with Great River Health under a management agreement at HCHC,” said Henry County Health Center CEO Robb Gardner. “This expanded relationship is a great opportunity to continue serving the healthcare needs of Henry County residents into the future.”
Under the lease agreement, many of HCHC’s current ties to the community will remain unchanged: Henry County Health Center will continue to be the name of hospital, and HCHC Foundation funds will stay within the community.
“This is an investment in our region. As a community-based health center, HCHC patients are oftentimes family members, friends, and neighbors. As the landscape changes for rural healthcare across the country, it’s important we maintain the trust and connection our hospital provides to Mount Pleasant and surrounding communities,” said Kent Severson, Chairman of the HCHC Board of Trustees. “This decision means continued, quality access to healthcare for everyone in the region – and a way for us to better manage anticipated challenges that lie ahead.”
“Many of us know GRH is a trusted partner with a proven track record of strengthening local healthcare. We have known and worked with Great River Health employees for many years, and its providers and leaders already know and value their commitment to Henry County Health Center,” said Gardner. “GRH is located here in Southeast Iowa and its leadership team understands the importance of local healthcare management.”
“The trustees are all Henry County residents who, after weighing several options in the last year, came to this decision with our friends and neighbors in mind,” said HCHC Board of Trustees member Carla McNamee. “HCHC is currently in a strong position and acting now to prepare for the future will ensure we all will have the healthcare services we need, close to home.”
Registered Henry County voters will ultimately vote to approve the lease agreement proposition on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. If the proposition is approved, HCHC providers and staff members will remain HCHC associates and retain their current benefits. At this time, it is not anticipated there will be any position eliminations resulting from this agreement.
“Great River Health has demonstrated its goodwill with how they delivered a solution that helped us retain Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the county,” said Severson. “Had GRH not stepped in to manage this situation with our county, we may have lost this service that provides emergency transport for approximately 1,900 requests each year. That’s the kind of collaboration we can count on with this agreement.”
About Henry County Health Center
Henry County Health Center is a Mount Pleasant-based hospital with a rich heritage of caring for patients and area residents since 1921. Located at the crossroads of Southeast Iowa, HCHC is a 74-bed facility, featuring 25 acute care beds, along with a 49-bed long-term care facility, Park Place Elder Living. HCHC remains a leader in healthcare and is well respected by hospitals of all sizes. With technological innovation and associates who are compassionate and committed to those it serves, HCHC strives for excellence in all it does.
About Great River Health
Great River Health is a regional health care organization based in West Burlington, Iowa, serving residents of southeast Iowa, west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri. It includes Great River Medical Center; Fort Madison Community Hospital; clinics in Burlington, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Mount Pleasant, Wapello and West Burlington; Heritage Family Pharmacy, Heritage Park Pharmacy and Heritage Partners Pharmacy; Heritage Medical Equipment & Supplies; and Universal Therapy Group.
Great River Health is Des Moines County’s largest employer. Great River Medical Center is a 378-bed hospital offering acute, rehabilitative, skilled and long-term care. It also has more than 20 clinics providing primary and specialty care, including cardiology, general and vascular surgery, infectious diseases, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, urology and women’s health. Fort Madison Community Hospital is a 50-bed hospital providing primary and specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, outpatient rehabilitation, women’s health and wound care.