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Progress Health and Lifestyle 2019

Leah Glasgo is new CEO at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge

When Leah Glasgo, the new president and CEO of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, interviewed for that position, she was thrilled to learn about the economic developments in the Fort Dodge area. “The economic development has been really impressive,” Glasgo said. “It was actually one of ...

New mental health services campus becoming a reality for Hamilton County

WEBSTER CITY — A former medical clinic building on Collins Avenue in Webster City will soon be home to a campus offering mental health and health care services. The Webster City Medical Clinic building was obtained by Van Diest Medical Center with the acquisition of the Webster City ...

COMMUNITY AND FAMILY RESOURCES: MAJOR EXPANSION

Some very big changes are on the horizon for Community and Family Resources. Specifically, the detox and recovery organization is looking forward to completion of its new 38,000-square-foot building which will host all of CFR’s programs — yes, it’s a lot larger than what they have ...

MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS: FACING CHALLENGES

Big changes to mental health treatment are on the horizon in 2019, after several counties discussed leaving their respective regions in 2018. As the year moves forward, it’s not clear yet what will change or what will remain the same, as officials work to provide the best treatment with ...

FRIENDSHIP HAVEN: Making a home

Without any major building or renovations projects in 2018, Friendship Haven is working hard on making the facility the best home that it can be, for residents, staff and the community. Julie Thorson, president and CEO, said they want it to be home, not just home-like. “Our focus is on ...

STEWART MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: $31 MILLION EXPANSION

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital is entering a projected $31 million building and renovation project that will expand patient care areas at the Lake City hospital. Areas most impacted will be the emergency department, rehab services, cardiac rehab, business office, and ...

MERCY CLINICS FAMILY MEDICINE: EXPANDING SERVICES

A new organization entered the local health care scene in 2017, when Mercy Clinics Family Medicine opened in Fort Dodge. The clinic, affiliated with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, has since cemented its presence in the community. “Mercy has a proud history of providing primary ...

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — FORT DODGE: FACING FORWARD

The year 2019 is rolling out new needs in the medical treatment realm, as well as some more familiar patterns. We asked leaders at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge some pointed questions about issues facing the area’s largest health care provider, which is also one of the area’s biggest ...

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION & UNITED WAY: MAKING FORT DODGE BETTER

Just about everyone favors making Fort Dodge a better place to call home. The opportunities to be part of accomplishing that goal are many. Helping make charitable giving easy and effective is at the heart of the mission of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way. This nonprofit ...

FORT DODGE FIRE DEPARTMENT: GROWING TO ANSWER THE CALL

The Fort Dodge Fire Department became the sole provider of ambulance service for the city last year in a move that meant adding more personnel and equipment. This year the 52-year-old firehouse will be expanded and renovated in the first of a series of projects to provide modern workspace ...

FORT DODGE POLICE DEPARTMENT: EQUIPPED TO SERVE

A number of longtime projects for the Fort Dodge Police Department came to fruition in 2018, as the department also continued its efforts to develop relationships with the community. Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter said every officer on the department now has a body camera, which is ...

LOTUS COMMUNITY PROJECT: A NEW PLACE FOR WOMEN

About a year ago, Ashley Vaala began speaking about her plans to give homeless women and children a place to go for shelter and assistance. That dream became a reality throughout the year, and the Lotus Community Project’s homeless shelter officially opened on Jan. 21 in the former St. ...

ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS: MANY SERVICES, MANY PLACES

Orthopedic Specialists in Fort Dodge, and the group’s other clinics in the area, are experiencing a period of growth, as is Iowa Specialty Hospital, their parent hospital, in Clarion and Belmond. That expansion of care services include the addition of an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew ...

REC renovations move forward

Renovations and staying up-to-date are a focus at the REC in downtown Fort Dodge. That’s why the recreation and fitness center has put close to $180,000 into new equipment and building improvements, said Dave Pearson, executive director. “We had $50,000 just in the spin studio,” ...

MARIAN HOME: READY FOR THE FUTURE

Just a bit more than three years ago, Marian Home, 2400 Sixth Ave. N., launched the construction phase of a massive expansion and renovation project. That major undertaking, which cost $13.1 million, is now finished. On Sept. 27, 2018, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate what Eric ...