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Welcome to Van Diest Medical Center

Van Diest Medical Center has been the premier healthcare facility in Hamilton County, Iowa, for over 100 years. We are committed to providing the highest quality care to patients, and dedicated to improving the quality of life for our families and communities throughout central Iowa. As an affiliate of MercyOne, Van Diest Medical Center is partnered with MercyOne-Des Moines. With this affiliation, the Board of Trustees maintains complete control of the hospital operations and management expertise, while taking advantage of the cost savings and educational offerings available to larger, tertiary facilities such as MercyOne.

As the hospital continues to grow and change, we strive to remain a constant caring organization, meeting the healthcare needs of those we serve.

CNOR Strong

The VDMC Surgery Team has earned the CNOR Strong designation for the 8th consecutive year! This designation was earned by having 75% of surgical nursing staff certified. This designation represents a facility-wide commitment to nursing excellence and outstanding patient care of nursing best practices.

Top Rated Hospital

With over 70 percent of our Board of Trustees certified through the Iowa Hospital Association, Van Diest Medical Center is designated a 2-Star Hospital through the Iowa Hospital Association.

Financial Excellence

Van Diest Medical Center received HFMA’s MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle in 2021, and again in 2022. This award recognizes the innovative and effective strategies that have enabled our hospital to achieve excellence in revenue cycle performance. VDMC is only the second hospital to receive this award more than once.

COVID-19 Booster Shots - Fall 2022

  • The Pfizer bivalent booster is available to those ages 6 months and older.
  • The Moderna bivalent booster is available to those 6 months and older.
  • The bivalent booster is only available to those who have had the two-shot primary series of the mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Those who recently received an initial vaccine shot or a booster should wait two months before getting the new bivalent booster.
  • Anyone who recently tested positive for COVID-19 may consider waiting 90 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test before getting the new bivalent booster.

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February 22, 2023

Vital ICE provides a platform on which to list you (and your dependents, if applicable) vital medicinal information, such as blood type, allergies, medications, medical history, ICE contacts, and much more.  This information will then be readily available to EMS and other First Responders when they need it most.

February 15, 2023

WEBSTER CITY │ The Van Diest Medical Center Auxiliary is offering four (4) scholarships of $1,000.00 each to 2023 high school graduates wishing to pursue a career in healthcare. Individuals going back to further their education in the healthcare field will also be considered. Applicants must be a resident of...

December 14, 2022

Among the more than 38,000 organizations surveyed by The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Van Diest Medical Center ranked above our peers in categories such as analytics and data management, population health, infrastructure, and patient engagement.

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Welcome to Van Diest Medical Center! For over 100 years, Hamilton County Public Hospital d/b/a Van Diest Medical Center has been the anchor of health, serving generations of families in Hamilton County and surrounding communities. Guided by our mission and vision, we continue to deliver high-quality, personalized health care services.  

Van Diest Medical Center is a fully accredited, federally-designated Critical Access Hospital, licensed to operate 25 beds for either acute or swing bed care needs. Our private rooms are designed for patient and family comfort. The Emergency Department provides two trauma rooms and four additional rooms to care for patients with emergency medical needs 24/7. Van Diest Family Health Clinic serves our patients with locations in Webster City, Jewell and Stratford. Although we have a state-of-the-art facility with advanced technology and modern equipment to care for our population, the foundation and most essential resource at Van Diest Medical Center is our people. This includes our physicians, advanced level practitioners, volunteers, and all caregivers who continue to deliver quality care to those we serve . 

On behalf of our entire family at Van Diest Medical Center, I want to thank you for allowing us to care for you. It is my goal that every encounter you have at Van Diest Medical Center meet or exceed your expectations. If for some reason it does not, I encourage you to please contact me by email at or phone at 515-832-7700.

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