Van Buren County Hospital welcomes Garen Carpenter as Chief Executive Officer
Keosauqua, Iowa; July 29, 2020 – Van Buren County Hospital, an affiliate of MercyOne, announces Garen Carpenter will join as Chief Executive Officer beginning July 31, 2020.
“Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are excited to work with Garen and MercyOne to advance Van Buren County Hospital to best serve our community,” said Lee McIntosh, Van Buren County Hospital board chair. “We look forward to the positive impacts these partnerships will have in advancing our mission of providing the highest quality patient care in a compassionate and personalized manner to the residents of Van Buren County and the surrounding areas.”
“We are excited to welcome Garen as a member of our MercyOne team and are confident he will help extend the personalized, excellent care currently available at Van Buren County Hospital into the future,” said Mike Trachta, MercyOne vice president of network affiliates.
A native of Iowa, Garen Carpenter brings nearly 15 years of experience to his role as chief executive officer. His experience includes both rural and urban health care environments including emergency care, specialty care and family medicine. Carpenter previously served as the interim chief executive officer of Van Buren County Hospital from 2013 to 2014.
“I am excited to serve Keosauqua and the surrounding communities here in Van Buren County,” said Carpenter. “The team has a strong history of providing exceptional care, an unwavering dedication to the community, and a vision for ensuring expanded access to care for our patients.”
“We are excited to work more closely with Van Buren County Hospital and Garen Carpenter. Together we can help extend the access and level of care available in the region,” said Sean president of Mercy Iowa City, an affiliate of MercyOne Williams, president of Mercy Iowa City, an affiliate of MercyOne.
Van Buren County Hospital joined MercyOne as an affiliate in the Iowa City region on March 1, 2020. As part of the affiliation, MercyOne provides administrative support to VBCH and additional resources for VBCH as it continues to face the challenges impacting rural health care providers. MercyOne has grown into one of the state’s largest health systems with care locations across Iowa and neighboring communities.
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Van Buren County Hospital is sorry to announce that due to COVID-19 we will not be hosting our Walk-in Sports Physical Clinics.
VBCH Clinics will be able to complete your 20-21 Sports Physical during a Wellness Exam. Insurance companies allow Wellness exams once a year, so for your child to have another visit it has to be 366 days since their last Wellness Exam. If you aren’t sure when your child had their last exam, please call the clinic at 319-293-8732.
We will also offer a self-pay Sports physical exam for $25.00. An appointment will be needed for either of these exams.
Please call 319-293-8732 for questions or to make an appointment for your child.
Sports Physical forms can be found on the hospitals website www.vbch.org under the resources tab.
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VBCH is excited to announce!
Van Buren County Hospital (VBCH) is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has entered into a new affiliation with MercyOne, effective July 1, 2020. As part of the new affiliation, MercyOne will provide administrative support to VBCH, including furnishing a full-time Chief Executive Officer/Administrator. MercyOne has grown into one of the state’s largest health systems with care locations across Iowa and neighboring communities. The affiliation with MercyOne will make available additional resources and opportunities for VBCH as it continues to face the challenges impacting rural health care providers.
While management support services will be transitioned to MercyOne, VBCH continues to partner with the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics (UIHC) on many services, including the hospital’s EPIC software system that maintains patient medical records.
VBCH would like to assure our patients and the community that there will be no change in your access to care. Current specialty clinics will remain at VBCH, with the hope to add more. Patients will have a choice as to what hospital or provider they would like for further care.
Van Buren County Hospital’s mission has not changed. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care in a compassionate and personalized manner to the residents of Van Buren County and the surrounding rural areas.
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