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New Service to be Offered at VBCH!
Starting in July 2021, VBCH will be offering a new service to the community. The new service, known as Senior Life Solutions, is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults typically 65 and older, living with symptoms of age-related depression or anxiety, dealing with difficult life transitions, a recent health diagnosis, or the loss of a loved one. Following an individual assessment, patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, self-referrals, or another healthcare professional.
Patients will meet in the basement of the Business Office (Conference Room B). You may have noticed some work being done outside of the basement door. This work was done to ensure patients had a safe entrance into the building. We will also be remodeling the bathrooms (outside of the computer lab) into one ADA-accessible bathroom.
VBCH to Offer Additional Payment Options
Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics will be adding additional options to help patients pay for medical services at VBCH. We are excited to be partnering with 1st Iowa State Bank and HELP Financial to offer loan options.
VBCH will continue to offer payment plans, automatic withdrawals and financial assistance to our patients. Take advantage of this offer in conjunction with VBCH’s new 20% prompt pay discount and get an interest free loan for 12 months if paid within 30 days.
If you have questions about any of the above programs, please call our Financial Department at 319-293-6415.
Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics is participating with these programs to assist patients. HELP Financial Corporation and 1st Iowa State Bank are not controlled by Van Buren County Hospital.
VBCH Hires Full-time Pharmacist
Van Buren County Hospital would like to welcome Jim Van Winkle as our new Pharmacist. Jim has worked in rural Iowa hospitals since 1997, and received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa in 2002. Before coming to VBCH, Jim worked at Washington County Hospital for 16 years. He has been a pharmacy consultant for VBCH for a few years, and now has joined us full time. Jim will provide on-site pharmacy services, and will work with an off-site pharmacy team from Wells Hometown Drug in Bloomfield so that VBCH will have 24/7 pharmacy services.
Jim currently lives in rural Washington county, but knows this area well, as his family farm is near Hillsboro.
VBCH is excited to have Jim as part of our team!
Welcome Kyla Yates!
Kyla Yates, ARNP has joined the VBCH staff. She has started in the Keosauqua Clinic today and will also be covering Farmington and Cantril in the near future. Kyla is a graduate of Chamberlain University in Downers Grove, IL. in Nursing/Family Practice. To make an appointment please call our direct scheduling number 319-293-8732. Glad to have you on the TEAM!
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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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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