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Memorial hospitals gain in commissioner selection

March 31, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

DES MOINES - A bill that passed in the Iowa Senate today would allow memorial hospitals in Iowa to choose commissioners from their service areas and not just the county in which they are located.

"Memorial hospitals in Iowa are a unique anomaly in that there are only three in the state: Floyd County Memorial Hospital in Charles City, Marengo Memorial in Marengo, and Grundy County Memorial in Grundy City," said Senator Tim Kapucian (R-Keystone). "By passing this bill we are giving these three hospitals more choice in their commissioner selection and allowing more community involvement by the citizens these hospitals serve."

Memorial hospital boards and commissioners are currently picked by their County Board of Supervisors from within the county which the hospital is physically located. "Thanks to Representative Dawn Pettengill's work on this bill, we are now providing choices within the service area for these hospitals as well as giving them more flexibility than what the current law does," said Kapucian. "Memorial hospitals are truly public hospitals and do not have the same levy authority that other hospitals have."

HF 2231 is now on its way to the desk of Governor Branstad to await his signature after already having passed the House.



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