Iowa's State Health Facilities Council Works Overtime

Posted by Catherine Cownie Adam Freed on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The months of October and November have been busy months for the State Health Facilities Council (the “Council”).  The Council held Iowa Certificate of Need (“CON”) hearings on October 11-12, October 26-27, and November 15.  Over the course of the hearings, the Council approved the following projects:

  • Marengo Memorial Hospital received approval by a vote of 5-0 to redistribute two existing medical/surgical beds to obstetrics beds at its facility in Marengo (Iowa County).
  • Oneota Riverview Care Facility d/b/a Wellington Place received approval by a vote of 5-0 to convert 40 residential care facility beds to 31 nursing facility beds on its campus in Decorah (Winneshiek County).
  • Presbyterian Homes and Services received approval by a vote of 5-0 to add a 60-bed nursing facility to its existing Walnut Ridge campus in Clive (Polk County). 
  • Symowa, LLC d/b/a Symphony of Crow Valley received approval by a vote of 3-2 to establish a new 70-bed skilled nursing facility specializing in transitional post-acute rehab in Davenport (Scott County). 
  • Radiation Therapy Center of the Quad Cities received approval by a vote of 4-1 to replace an existing linear accelerator at its facility in Bettendorf (Scott County). 
  • Mercy Kindred Health (a joint venture between Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and Kindred Healthcare) received approval by a vote of 5-0 to establish a new 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Clive (Polk County). 
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center received approval by a vote of 5-0 to add 22 inpatient rehabilitation facility beds at its existing Younker Rehab Center in Des Moines (Polk County).  
  • Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids received approval by a vote of 3-2 to initiate open heart surgery services at its hospital in Cedar Rapids (Linn County).

In addition, the Council effectively denied a request by Strategic Behavioral Health to establish a new 72-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf (Scott County).  This was the second time the Council has reviewed this project, and each time the Council has deadlocked with a vote of 2-2, meaning no action is taken on the project.  

Finally, the Council affirmed a nonreviewability determination issued to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics related to the replacement of an existing linear accelerator and granted a  number of project extension requests. 

The Council expects to hold a telephonic meeting on December 21, 2016.  The Council’s next in-person meeting is scheduled for February 21-22, 2017.