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Hospital History & Awards

The History of FMCH

1901:

Sisters of Saint Francis transform the Schwartz property, just south of Old Settler's Park, into St. Elizabeth's Hospital with room for 15 patients.

1912:

St. Elizabeth's closes: A new 30-bed Sacred Heart Hospital is constructed on
Avenue H. Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis from Peoria, Illinois, are asked to administrate.

1925:

An addition is built onto the Sacred Heart facility to meet increased space needs.
 

1956:

A second addition is built onto Sacred Heart to add patient rooms, a surgery and obstetrics area, an emergency room, a lobby/office and a cafeteria.

1977:

The Sisters discontinue their association with Sacred Heart Hospital. The building and equipment are sold to a non-profit Board of Directors for one dollar. The facility's name is changed to Fort Madison Community Hospital.

1986:

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital along Highway 61 is held on June 18th.

1987:

The facility is constructed at a cost of $10.2 million on a 20-acre site at the west end of Fort Madison. On Sunday, May 31st, the new, 58,000 square-foot hospital and adjoining office building is dedicated.

1990:

An expansion is completed onto the Professional Office Building.

1997:

A 9,415 square-foot Urgent Care facility and a 12,860 square-foot Medical Clinic is added and dedicated during ceremonies and an Open House on June 29th.

1999:

A 4,500 square-foot addition is made to the Surgical Department and dedicated to Dr. E.J. DeLashmutt. It was constructed at the north end of the hospital, providing an additional operating room, an expanded sterile storage area, and a larger, more private, outpatient SurgiCenter for those receiving same-day surgery.

2001:

Existing inpatient rooms are remodeled to be single, private rooms. 17 additional private rooms were added to accomodate patients. 

2005:

A two-story, 32,000 square foot, building addition opened on the East end of the hospital facility. The addition's lower level houses hospital business functions and conference space. The main (ground) level provides the facility with additional physician clinic space. The Women's Center, a comprehensive service for women in need of obstetrical or gynecological care, opened in the new addition. Later in the year, the FMCH Wound Healing Center, complete with hyperbaric oxygen chambers, was added.

2011: 

A state of the art Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Center was added to the hospital and features 23,500 square feet of expanded space to safely provide a full range of therapy services as well as a separate entrance for easy access for patients with front door handicap parking. This addition includes a 20'x30' warm water therapy pool; enhanced Occupational Therapy space; a dedicated Pediatric Therapy room; an indoor walking track open to the public and the latest technology in therapy equipment. FMP&S Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic was moved to new office space on the first floor.
 
October 17, 2011: FMCH Chapel of Light Dedication Ceremony.
 

2013:

Fort Madison Community Hospital finished a renovation project that encompassed all inpatient rooms and surrounding patient care areas that began February 1, 2012.  
 
Fort Madison Community Hospital completed a 3,000 square foot addition to the Radiology department. This aesthetically pleasing space houses a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine and computed Tomography (CT) Scanner.
 
On May 5th of 2013 FMCH celebrated 25 years of incredibly good health in its current location by inviting the community to an Open House. 

2015:

Fort Madison Community completed a 3 month long renovation of the Emergency Room.

Keokuk Medical Center, a collaboration between Fort Madison Community Hospital and Blessing Health System opened and began seeing patients in December 2015.  KMC features three health care provider offices; nine exam rooms; one procedure room; one digital x-ray room and laboratory services.  

 

FMCH Awards

2001:

FMCH was named a 100 Top Hospital in the Nation by Solucient.

2003:

FMCH was again named a 100 Top Hospital in the Nation by Solucient.
 
Fort Madison Community Hospital has been recognized as a national award winner in healthcare service quality for "Exceeding Patient Expectations" by Avatar International Inc.

2004:

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.

2005:

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.

2006:

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.
 
FMCH named a National Award winner in healthcare service quality for Five Star Service Obstetric Care by Avatar International Inc.

2009:

FMCH received a Best in Value Award.  The Hospital Value Index™ recognized Fort Madison Community Hospital for:
  •  Best in Value Award™: Quality, Affordability & Efficiency, and Satisfaction
  •  Best in Value™: Superior Quality Merit Award
  • Hospital Value Index™: Top 100
  • Hospital Value Index™: Best in Region™ 
  • Hospital Value Index™: Best in State-#1 in the State of Iowa

2011

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.
 
FMCH named Beckam Review Top 65 Great Community Hospital.

2012:

FMCH was recognized as a Top 100 Workplace in Iowa.  
 
FMCH received the Most Wired Award.

2013

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.
 
FMCH was again recognized as a Top 100 Workplace in Iowa.  

2014

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.
 
FMCH was again recognized as a Top 100 Workplace in Iowa. Ranking #5 in the Mid-Size Employer division.
 
FMCH received the Fire Starter award from the StuderGroup.
 
FMCH BirthPlace Recognized for Patient Care Initiative.  Reduced Premature Deliveries.
 
FMCH Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
 
2015
 
FMCH was named a 100 Top Hospital in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics.
 
FMCH received the Patient Safety Award from the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative.
 
FMCH was recognized for the fourth year as a Top Workplace in Iowa in the Mid-Size Employer division.
 
FMCH was named a 2015 Healthstrong Top Hospital by iVantage Health.
 
FMCH received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Quorum Health Resources.
 
FMCH received the Most Wired Award.

FMCH Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission.

FMCH named in Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals.

FMCH was named a Top 100 Workplace in Iowa.

2016

FMCH received the Most Wired Award.

FMCH was named a 2016 Healthstrong Top Hospital by iVantage Health.

FMCH was named a Top 150 Workplace in Iowa.

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