Providing Quality Health Care in a Small-town Setting
North Iowa’s greatest resource is its people. Hancock County Health System (HCHS) is dedicated to professional and quality healthcare for the people of Hancock County and the surrounding area.
HCHS is a county owned, tax-supported health system affiliated with Mercy Health Network. The facilities within HCHS include Hancock County Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital; an outpatient rehabilitation clinic in Garner; and four primary care clinics located in Britt, Garner, Kanawha, and Wesley. As an affiliate with Mercy Health Network, HCHS is associated with one of the largest healthcare systems in Iowa. The hospital and clinics offer up-to-date technology and equipment to provide quality patient care both now and for generations to come.
Extensive renovations to the Britt Medical Clinic and the hospital Emergency Department were completed in 2008. A hospital-based electronic health record was implemented in September 2008 that increases patient safety and quality of care.
A major construction/renovation project of Hancock County Memorial Hospital was completed in 2012. Phase I of the project was the construction of a three-floor patient tower. First floor created the Wellness Center which allowed for the expansion of Rehabilitation Services to provide outpatient physical therapy, respiratory therapy, diabetic education, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and a community fitness room. Second floor added 17 state-of-the-art, private inpatient rooms and a room dedicated to isolation patients for infection control. The third floor is currently shelled in unfinished space to allow for future growth of services.
Phase II of the project included the renovation of the current hospital facility. First floor renovation included updating the main entrance lobby, improving patient privacy in the Business Office, and enlarging Radiology to allow for additional services. Second floor renovation resulted in eight large, private patient rooms, a family lounge/activity room, and a patient/family consultation room. One of the eight rooms is specifically set-up for Hospice patients and has an adjoining room to provide family a place to stay while with their loved one. Another room is used specifically for overnight sleep studies. This room is larger to accommodate a sleep study bed and equipment. Outpatient infusion therapy will utilize one of these large rooms for administering treatments as well.
Garner Medical Clinic completed a construction project in the fall of 2012 resulting in almost doubling the number of exam rooms, allowing for increased services and medical providers. Tremendous community support for these projects has allowed HCHS to grow with the county and its medical needs.
With nearly 20,000 clinic visits annually, the hospital and clinics offer a broad range of services, including radiology, laboratory, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and Sports Medicine. Visiting specialty physicians offer convenient and expanded health care services for local residents in Orthopedics, Ear Nose and Throat, Neurology, Urology, Podiatry, Cardiology and Surgical Services. Cataract surgery, outpatient surgery and many laparoscopic and arthroscopic procedures are available.
Other services that HCHS provide include; sleep studies with the results linked directly to the Sleep Disorder Lab at Mercy Medical Center—North Iowa; health and safety services to local employers through the Business Health Department; Med Spa provides hand, foot and skin care; diabetic education; and a Fitness Room open to the community.
The HCHS medical staff includes: John Brady, D.O.; Jamie Brantner, PA-C; Catherine Butler, M.D.; Lissa Holloway, PA-C; Julie Larson, ARNP; Kelly Lillie, ARNP; Angela McGregor, DNP-ARNP; Jerry Nelson, M.D.; Vara Ponnada, M.D.; Jennifer Rosenmeyer, ARNP; and April Smith, ARNP.
HCHS is a progressive health system integrated to focus on delivering the right care, at the right place, at the right time.