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The Virginia Gay Hospital Board and senior staff, after many months of careful evaluation, has elected to end their affiliation with University of Iowa Hospitals and has selected UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids to be the new affiliation partner. Critical Access Hospitals like Virginia Gay are required to maintain an affiliation with a larger health system that can provide enhanced access to expertise and medical specialists. The new agreement becomes effective May 1, 2019.

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is a regional, integrated health care system committed to providing programs and services to improve the health of individuals throughout Eastern Iowa.  UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is an affiliate of UnityPoint Health which is the 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America.

“We are committed to providing the best health care possible for all of our patients,” said Mike Riege, Virginia Gay Hospital Administrator. “As the health care industry has evolved and changed, so has the need for a tighter affiliation with a well-respected health system.  This new affiliation agreement with UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids allows us to be better prepared to meet the challenges of the future and will strengthen our position as a community hospital. We look forward to working closely together.”

“We are excited to welcome Virginia Gay Hospital into the UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids family,” said Ted Townsend, CEO, UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids.  “This affiliation shows our commitment to enhancing services in Eastern Iowa and we are eager to work together as one team moving forward.”

The formal affiliation between both entities does not involve any sale or exchange of assets and will allow both organizations to maintain local governance through local board of directors.

(from left) Ted Townsend, Michelle Niermann, William Prowell (representing UnityPoint-Cedar Rapids), Mark Mossman, Michele Schoonover and Mike Riege (representing Virginia Gay Hospital).