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SMCH joins Iowa Health System network

November 18, 2012
Messenger News

LAKE CITY -Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City has formed a partnership with Iowa Health System. The new affiliation went into effect Nov. 1. SMCH is one of several hospitals that have joined with Iowa Health System in an effort to provide quality healthcare in the region.

SMCH will work collaboratively with Trinity Health Systems, an IHS senior affiliate, to develop healthcare services that best meet the needs of local communities.

According to Sue Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health Systems, "As a significant healthcare organization with an excellent reputation for providing quality patient care, we are delighted to enter into a relationship with Stewart Memorial Community Hospital that will further strengthen the future of providing healthcare services throughout our region. Through this collaboration, we will identify ways to work together to ensure the long-term viability of healthcare services to our region."

SMCH selected Trinity Health Systems as its affiliate partner after discontinuing its affiliation agreement with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

"At Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, we are both excited and proud to be a new member of the Iowa Health System family," said Leah Glasgo, chief executive officer of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital. "We feel that our partnership with the Iowa Health System and Trinity Health Systems is ideal as both organizations truly share a consistent philosophy on community and the manner by which we care for our patients. We are excited about this new partnership and look forward to working with Trinity and all of the affiliates of the Iowa Health System to enhance healthcare in our region."

A requirement for hospitals designated as a Critical Access Hospital is to partner with a larger organization. In addition to Stewart Memorial Community Hospital,

Trinity Health Systems also has similar management agreements with four additional Critical Access Hospitals:?Buena Vista Regional Medical Center -Storm Lake, Humboldt Memorial Hospital, Pocahontas Community Hospital and Loring Hospital - Sac City.



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