DES MOINES, Iowa (April 3, 2014) – The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) announced today that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa (WFH-Iowa) is joining as its fifth organizational member. This new member brings additional health care providers and facilities to the alliance in Cedar Falls, Oelwein and Waterloo.
“We have been working for nearly two years to advance high quality health care services, and to improve the health status of patients and communities across the state,” said University of Iowa Health Alliance Chairman Dave Vellinga. “The addition of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare significantly strengthens our efforts to better coordinate patient care and improve clinical integration throughout Iowa.”
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa President and CEO Jack Dusenbery said, “The agreement will allow us to strengthen management of population health and expand our health care provider referral network. We look forward to contributing to the alliance’s clinical integration efforts, providing the right care at the right place and time.” He noted that the UIHA physician recruitment efforts will also strengthen his organization’s ability to provide care.
The agreement does not involve a merger of assets or changes in ownership and control. WFH-Iowa maintains its legacy and independence, and commitment to local missions and governance authorities. The organization does agree to work with other UIHA members on helping to develop and implement evidence-based care and best practices for keeping populations healthy, as well as sharing of selected support services and information technologies needed to succeed in the emerging “accountable care” systems and payment programs.
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Oliverio said, “This is a significant step in our efforts to navigate health care reform. The alliance has been working on a number of solutions to provide value to patients, employers and insurance carriers. We believe there is significant merit to their efforts.”
Formally announced in June 2012, UIHA includes Genesis Health System, Mercy-Cedar Rapids, Mercy Health Network (including hospitals affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives and CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich.), and University of Iowa Health Care. This alliance includes 54 hospitals and 175 clinics across Iowa with key locations in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo.
About Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Iowa
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa (WFH-Iowa) is a faith-based 511-bed; not-for-profit, comprehensive medical/surgical health care provider offering acute levels of medical care at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo; Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls and Mercy Hospital, Oelwein. In addition, WFH-Iowa includes Covenant Clinic (more than 130 primary care and specialty providers); Covenant Foundation, Sartori Health Care Foundation and Mercy Hospital Foundation. Areas of excellence include: cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, maternity and NICU, cancer treatment, minimally invasive and Bariatric surgery. WFH-Iowa invests in the communities we serve and is committed to living out the healing ministry by providing exceptional and compassionate health care service that promotes the dignity and well-being of the people we serve.
About University of Iowa Health Alliance (uihealthalliance.com)
University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) includes five of Iowa’s premier health care organizations, including 54 hospitals and more than 175 clinics. Mercy Health Network based in Des Moines, Genesis Health System based in Davenport and Mercy-Cedar Rapids, University of Iowa Health Care of Iowa City, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa are members. Formed in June 2012, the organization’s mission is stated as: “The University of Iowa Health Alliance will enhance the quality of health and life for Iowans through innovations in care coordination, clinical integration and prevention that reduce cost and improve efficiency.” Alliance members share a vision of creating an organization that can be a national leader in transforming health care through innovations in clinical care, research and education; development of new, integrated models of care delivery and financing; and optimizing population health. In doing this, the alliance strives to address the changing health care environment, ensuring patients throughout Iowa and its contiguous states receive the best possible care. For more information: 515-643-4000.
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