West Des Moines, Iowa – Mercy Health Network is excited to share that the Board of Directors of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital (GMH) has approved a recommendation from their Strategic Partnerships Task Force to enter into a letter of intent with Mercy Health Network (MHN) to develop a management services agreement.
The agreement will align GMH with the rural network of MHN based in West Des Moines, Iowa, and allow for greater collaboration and enhanced support for Guttenberg primary care providers and the hospital. It will also help to increase local access to specialists while continuing to improve care coordination and the patient experience.
“Guttenberg Municipal Hospital shares Mercy Health Network’s commitment to providing high-quality and compassionate care to the community," said Bob Ritz, incoming chief executive officer of Mercy Health Network. “We see tremendous opportunity together for the future and are pleased to be working through the next steps of our relationship.”
In a press statement released today, GMH leaders said, “One of the key reasons for choosing MHN is to build synergy and work collaboratively with the other Mercy- affiliated hospitals throughout the county and region, including Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville and Central Community Hospital in Elkader. The task force members are convinced that GMH and Cornerstone Family Practice will be best supported by the combination of the MHN corporate division for rural health care, Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, and the joint venture between Mercy Medical Center and Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque.”
"Mercy Dubuque is excited about the partnership with the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital," said Kay Takes, president of Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque. "We are eager to continue to work with this great community to advance care and service well into the future."
The proposed affiliation does not involve any sale or exchange of assets, and will allow the Guttenberg Board of Directors to maintain local governance. The GMH Board plans to finalize the letter of intent in the coming weeks and approve the management services agreement in the next several months.
MHN was created to add value to participating organizations and communities by reducing costs, improving quality, increasing accessibility to care, and improving the health of those we are privileged to serve. One in four Iowans who seek health care do so at an MHN-affiliated organization. Its Midwest Rural Telemedicine Consortium is the largest telemedicine program in Iowa.
MHN was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan. MHN includes more than 3,200 licensed hospital beds and employs more than 17,000 people. More than 2,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians provide care in MHN facilities. Nearly 1,000 of the physicians are formally integrated into the organization, making MHN one of the largest multi-specialist physician group practices in Iowa.