CONTACT: ANGIE TRACHTA
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 25, 2000
Keokuk County Health Center celebrates affiliation with UI Health Care
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Keokuk County are invited to attend an open
house on Thursday, Sept. 7 to celebrate the affiliation of Keokuk County Health
Center and Keokuk County Medical Clinic with University of Iowa Health Care.
Cake and punch will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1312 S. Stuart Street in
Sigourney. There will be a short program at 6 p.m., featuring remarks from
hospital, clinic and university officials.
In addition, the new Keokuk County Health Center pharmacy will be dedicated
in honor of John Ballensky, who until his recent retirement served as the
only pharmacist the hospital had since opening its doors in 1954. Health care
providers Rob Baker, John Buckingham, and Szilvia Molitorisz, M.D., from Keokuk
County Medical Clinic, as well as health care providers from Keokuk County
Health Center, will be on hand to meet with area residents. Tours of the hospital
and clinic will be offered throughout the celebration.
"The affiliation with University of Iowa Health Care was tailored to
meet the desires of the Keokuk County Health Center Board of Trustees,"
said Michael Trachta, CEO of the Keokuk County Health Center. "Local
ownership and local control of decision-making is very important, and the
agreement was founded on these principles."
Under an agreement that went into effect in December 1999, Trachta, an administrator
employed by UI Hospitals and Clinics, serves as the CEO of Keokuk County Health
Center. The CEO works in Sigourney while reporting to both the Keokuk County
Health Center Trustees and University of Iowa Health Care administration.
Keokuk County Health Center is the second community hospital to formally
affiliate with UI Health Care. Marengo Memorial Hospital affiliated with UI
Health Care in July 1999.
"We are excited about the physical improvements we've made to the hospital,"
Trachta said. "But more importantly, we are excited about the renewed
energy of our staff and the prospect of becoming a more active provider of
health care services to the people of Keokuk County."
R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, said,
"University of Iowa Health Care's mission is to operate in support of
community-based hospitals and physicians. Our assistance to the residents
of Keokuk County through their county hospital is a clear example of our commitment
to maintaining a strong, community-based health system in Iowa."
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.