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Cherokee Regional Medical Center to Become Affiliated with UnityPoint Health- St. Luke’s

Sep 06, 2013 01:10PM ● By Med Editor

Cherokee Regional Medical Center officials announced that they have entered into a formal alliance with UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s. The new affiliation will take effect on October 1, 2013.  CRMC is the latest of several area hospitals to join UnityPoint Health but is the first to enter into such an agreement within the St. Luke’s region.

CRMC will work collaboratively with St. Luke’s to develop health care services that best meet the needs of our communities within the ever changing health care environment.

Peter Thoreen, CEO of UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s, stated, “As a significant health care organization with an excellent reputation for providing quality patient care, we are delighted to enter into a relationship with Cherokee Regional Medical Center. Through this collaboration, we will further strengthen and ensure the long-term viability of health care services throughout our region.”

In addition to the new agreement with CRMC, UnityPoint Health currently maintains similar affiliations with several area hospitals including Buena Vista Regional Medical Center- Storm Lake, Humboldt Memorial Hospital, Pocahontas Community Hospital, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital- Lake City, and Loring Hospital – Sac City. Other area hospitals in LeMars, Sheldon, Primghar, Orange City and Spirit Lake have also signed on with various health systems.

Cherokee Regional Medical Center is a 25-Bed Critical Care Access Hospital. A requirement for hospitals designated as a Critical Access Hospital is to partner with a larger organization. Since CRMC already had an affiliation in place with St. Luke’s in this regard, a more formal arrangement with UnityPoint Health was a logical next step according to John Comstock, President and CEO of Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Located in Sioux City, St. Luke’s is a 158-bed hospital serving patients in the tri-state Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota area. St. Luke’s treats more than 77,000 patients annually, coordinating care from the doctor’s office to the hospital and back home through St. Luke’s, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home.

Under this agreement, the Board of Directors at Cherokee Regional Medical Center will remain intact and all decision making will be maintained at the local level.

“At Cherokee Regional Medical Center, we are both excited and proud to join forces with  

UnityPoint Health- St. Luke’s,” said Comstock. “We feel that our affiliation with UnityPoint Health and St. Luke’s is ideal as both organizations truly share a consistent philosophy on community and the manner by which we care for our patients. We are excited about this new relationship and look forward to working with St. Luke’s and all of the affiliates of UnityPoint Health to enhance health care in our region.”