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Health Care in Ames Continues to Expand, Improve

What's new in the Heart of Iowa? Facility upgrades, a healing garden, mobile exam room, and more.

By Laura Hill on June 7, 2022

Mary Greeley Medical Center’s healing garden in Ames, Iowa
Rick Lozier

After rising to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic over the past two years, health care professionals in Ames, IA, and the surrounding region are making significant strides in expanding and improving their services to the community.

The area’s top health care providers offer a wide array of high-quality health care, from traditional family medicine to cutting-edge treatments.

Mary Greeley Medical Center, in Ames, has been serving patients since 1916. A city-operated, nonprofit facility, the 220-bed hospital treats patients from 13 counties. The center received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2019.

About Mary Greeley Medical Center

The medical center employs more than 190 health professionals and offers a full continuum of treatment, including surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, mental health services and hospice care.

“The last two years have been stressful and challenging, but our commitment has remained strong, thanks to our amazing employees,” says Brian Dieter, MGMC president and CEO. “If the pandemic has changed anything, it has made us intensify our focus on our staff. That will only continue to grow as we come out of the pandemic and concentrate on our efforts to retain and recruit great people.”

In 2021, the center opened a new obstetrics unit and a new pediatrics unit, relocating both to a remodeled floor in the patient tower. Work began on a new inpatient mental health center and also expanded outpatient mental health services “in response to the growing need for this type of care in our area,” Dieter says.

The center has also expanded the capabilities of its Wound Clinic with the addition of two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. In 2021, it opened a healing garden outside, near the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, a service of Mary Greeley and McFarland Clinic.

McFarland Gives Back

To celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2021, the clinic awarded 10 $750 grants to area charities, such as the Carroll High School Booster Club and the Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown.

McFarland Clinic

The McFarland Clinic, Iowa’s largest physician-owned, multispecialty clinic, serves patients in 12 communities, including Ames, Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Eldora, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Jefferson, Marshalltown, Nevada, Story City and Webster. Its 200 providers offer an impressive range of services, from adult medicine to a vein clinic.

This Mobile Medical Clinic services the Ames, Iowa, region.
Story County Medical Center

Story County Medical Center

Story County Medical Center in Nevada, Iowa, is a critical care hospital that offers high-quality care mixed with small-community compassion. Services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, gynecology and cancer care.

Easily accessible from U.S. Highway 30 in Nevada, it boasts the only on-site helipad in Story County. The hospital provides services at clinics in Nevada, Maxwell and Ames, and in 2022 will launch a new program, a Mobile Medical Clinic.

“Our providers are excited about (the mobile clinic). It’s meant more for our rural underserved communities. That’s where it will really make a difference.”

Loni Pringnitz | chief development officer, Story County Medical Center

Outfitted like a standard exam room, the rolling clinic is designed to travel to the area’s underserved rural communities, whose residents often lack the financial or physical wherewithal to travel to a hospital or clinic. The mobile clinic will enhance access to health and wellness services and will also off er employers a variety of occupational health services directly at their worksite.

“Our providers are excited about it,” says Loni Pringnitz, Story County Medical Center’s chief development officer. “It’s meant more for our rural underserved communities. That’s where it will really make a difference.”

Boone County Hospital

Boone County Hospital in Boone has been expanding its services since it was founded in 1900 as Eleanor Moore Hospital. The critical care hospital’s services include cardiac and pulmonary rehab, radiation, pharmacy, a family birth center, a wound and hyperbaric center, home care and family medicine. A long list of specialties includes cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, neurology, oncology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, pain medication, psychology, urology and vascular medicine, among many others.

In 2021, the hospital was officially recognized as a Cribs for Kids National Bronze Certified Safe Sleep Hospital in recognition of its commitment to reducing infant, sleep-related deaths by promoting and educating on best safe sleep practices.

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