June 5, 2020

Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC) officials have announced MercyOne Fort Dodge Family Medicine will become a part of Van Diest Medical Center, an affiliate of MercyOne, as a satellite clinic, effective July 1, 2020.  

Merging the clinic with the hospital was a mutual decision stemming from several months of thoughtful collaboration and discussion.  “Unifying our practices strengthens both organizations and supports our mission while ensuring access to high quality health care remains a priority for area residents for years to come,” shared hospital CEO Lisa Ridge.  “We have a number of patients living in Fort Dodge and surrounding areas who utilize our services and to merge the clinic with our hospital allows for future sustainability to continue to serve our communities well into the future.” 

“For many years we have worked closely with Van Diest Medical Center to provide the best patient care in the region.  We look forward to the changes ahead of us as MercyOne Fort Dodge Family Medicine transitions to Van Diest ownership, allowing both of our organizations to support the community and its future in the best capacity,” Dr. William Vandivier, President of MercyOne Medical Group – Central Iowa shared.

Staff members from both organization have been informed of the upcoming merger and current patients of both practices will be informed of changes as forthcoming developments occur.  CEO Lisa Ridge shared the Fort Dodge Family Medicine Clinic will remain at its current location and will retain their health care team.  The only noticeable change will be the renaming of the clinic, which will become Van Diest Family Health Clinic Fort Dodge with the effective date of the merger.  Patients will still contact the Fort Dodge Clinic for appointments and scheduling information at 515.955.9200.

“The providers and staff at MercyOne Fort Dodge Family Medicine are outstanding healthcare providers, and we are excited for the opportunity to align our organizations and provide seamless care to all patients,” stated Ridge.  “We look forward to working together to deliver the best healthcare services to our patients and families, throughout our communities.”

About MercyOne Central Iowa
MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit, Catholic medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville (875 beds combined total) and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state,  with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne, which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. The MercyOne system has more than 20,000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.

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