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VBCH has purchased a new X-ray machine called a C-arm!

This machine is a device used by a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) to guide the movement of surgical instruments using live X-ray images from the C-arm. With the new machine, Jay Brewer - CRNA will be able to perform more advanced pain management procedures. If you are having pain that you are not able to control, ask your provider about having a consultation with Jay, to see if you are a candidate for Pain Management Injection and Procedures.


Look What’s Happening at VBCH?

Van Buren County Hospital and Medical Clinics has many great things happening!

Dr. Palicka, a Pediatrician, started in November and is seeing patients every Thursday at the Keosauqua Clinic, he provides care to newborns up to the age of 17. You might have also have heard our Keosauqua Clinic is now open on Sunday’s. You can walk-in anytime from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Walk-in Clinic will be for patients with common illnesses such as; colds, coughs, flu symptoms or minor injuries.


VBCH is also happy to announce ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physician, Dr. Berge, will be seeing patients at the Keosauqua Clinic starting January 23rd. She will see patients the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 9:00 am – 4:00pm. Dr. Morcuende, Psychiatrist, will continue to see patients at VBCH, but now twice a month, starting January 18th, and we will have Occupational Therapy services starting January 1st!


Other services that will be coming soon is Cardiology, Pain Medication Management and additional Pain Intervention Services.

Van Buren County Hospital is working hard to provide our community the services they need right here at home. If you have questions about our many services, call 319-293-3171.

Let your provider know that you want to go to Van Buren County Hospital for “Simply Remarkable” Care!


Dr. Gary Palicka - Pediatrician


Gary Palicka, M.D. completed his Pediatric Residency training at Navicent Health Children’s Hospital in Georgia after receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago.

He is a Pediatric Specialist and provides care to new-borns up to the age of 17. His special interests include: asthma, rashes, infections of the ear, nose, and throat, constipation, ADHD, migraine headaches and childhood developments.

Every Thursday, starting November 1st Keosauqua Clinic
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

To make an appointment with Dr. Palicka, please call our direct scheduling line: 319-293-8732.


National Physical Therapy Month!

Sunday Walk-in Clinic

New Sunday Clinic Hours

Van Buren County Hospital’s

Keosauqua Clinic will start offering a

walk-in clinic on Sundays.


Starting October 7th  9:00am—5:00 pm

Michelle Greathouse, ARNP

The Walk-in Clinic will be for patients with common illnesses such as; colds, coughs, flu symptoms or minor injuries.

Van Buren County Hospital showing our community, We Care!



VBCH Purchases Telemetry Monitoring System

Van Buren County Hospital is pleased to announce that we have purchased and installed a state-of-the-art telemetry monitoring system throughout the hospital.

This equipment provides wireless monitoring of patients for cardiac and respiratory conditions. It collects information from the patient and transmits it to monitors around the hospital that staff and physicians can easily view and evaluate the vital statistics of patients. These central monitoring stations are set-up in the Emergency Department, Surgery Department and on the inpatient floor, so that staff is alerted immediately, to any changes or concerns patients may be experiencing, improving patient safety.

The information that is collected by the system is also linked to the

Patient’s medical record documenting the patient’s condition.

This equipment was made possible by a generous donation from the Marjorie Morrison Estate to Van Buren County Hospital for equipment.

Update on Specialty Clinics

Van Buren County Hospital would like to be very open with our patients and the community on what is happening with some of our Specialty Clinics.

The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics informed us last week that they would cease providing Cardiology, Pulmonary and Behavioral Health Specialty Clinics here at VBCH, we were given no dates as when this would happen. We actually were informed by some of our patients that had received letters from their Cardiologist that they would stop this fall. We continue to seek final dates for these services.

VBCH is currently examining different options to either maintain these services or to replace them. We are confident that in the end, we will be able to provide similar services, possibly through someone else. We do however continue to urge UIHC to reverse their decision and keep the services here.

VBCH is very viable and actually has many good things coming in the future. We have signed a new Family Practice Provider, who will be moving here within the next 10 months. We are working on signing a Pediatrician, a Pain Management Specialists, Wound Care and an Orthopedic Surgeon in the next few months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to administration at VBCH.

Ray Brownsworth, CEO

VBCH Top Workplaces 2017

The Des Moines Register has chosen Van Buren County Hospital as one of their "Top Workplaces for 2017".

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Virtual Hospitalist

New Phone System

New technology is emerging every day! At Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics we are committed to keeping up with this technology so we can provide the best care for our patients. VBCH has installed a new “state-of-the-art” phone system. This system will help incoming calls get to where they need faster and more reliably.

Starting October 3rd, when you call Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics, you will be greeted by our automated call system. Callers will go directly to a voice prompt which will direct you to where you need to go. You will receive a choice of scheduling, getting refills, contacting a nurse, paying bills, getting test results, connecting with patient rooms or using a directory. When calling to make an appointment, a scheduler will be able to make you an appointment at any of our clinics.

From these prompts, you be presented with a few more options to get callers to the right person. For example; with the billing prompt you will be asked if you need to talk to insurance or a self-pay biller. If you choose insurance, it will ask what type of insurance you have a question on. Additionally, many departments and individuals will now have their own direct numbers to help callers connect even quicker.

Sometimes our hospital or clinics need our full staffs’ attention for a short time and no one picks up.  If this happens to you, please leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Finally, if at any time you have an urgent need and are unable to speak to someone, just press 0 and an operator will assist you.

This new automated phone system is just another way that Van Buren County Hospital is dedicated to providing the best service for our patients.


2017 IHC Patient Safety Award Winners

On March 14th, Van Buren County Hospital received the “Improving Culture of Safety/ Safety Across the Board” award! This award is presented by Iowa Healthcare Collaborative for improvement in Patient Safety. Many people have worked over the years to improve patient safety at VBCH and in particular safe medication administration. Through all this hard work compliance rates have increased to consistently 90% facility wide! What a TEAM!

VBCH Partners with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

We have partnered with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to launch the Virtual Hospitalist Service. Our patients now have the benefit of a collaborative care team while staying close to home for their care. This service brings the expertise and knowledge of the latest in hospital medicine from UI Health Care to our providers and nursing staff.


If you speak another language, assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-319-293-8709