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Published on November 03, 2015

UIHA Announces Fifth Member

Great River Health Systems Brings New Physicians and Hospital to Alliance

The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) announced today that Great River Health Systems has become its fifth member. Great River Health Systems brings additional healthcare providers and facilities to the alliance in Southeast Iowa, including Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mediapolis, Mount Pleasant, Wapello, Burlington and West Burlington. Its service area also includes West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

"The addition of Great River Health Systems significantly strengthens our efforts to improve clinical integration throughout Iowa," said University of Iowa Health Alliance CEO, Dan Kueter. "They will also join our new UIHA Accountable Care Organization as we work together to shift from fee-for-service to value-based care delivery. Patients, employers and insurance carriers are looking to us to deliver physician-led solutions that use best medical practices for prevention and wellness first and foremost. We’re focused on delivering the right services at the right time."

Great River Health Systems President and CEO, Mark Richardson, said, "This partnership is an important step for better coordinating and expanding healthcare for our region. UIHA will enhance our efforts to navigate healthcare reform by helping us to continue to provide high-quality care while saving valuable healthcare dollars."

The agreement does not involve a merger of assets or changes in ownership and control. Great River Health Systems maintains its legacy and independence, and commitment to local missions and governance authorities.

The organization does agree to work with other UIHA members on developing and implementing evidence-based care and best practices for keeping populations healthy. It will also share selected support services and information technologies needed to succeed in the emerging "accountable care" systems and payment programs.

Formally announced in June 2012, UIHA includes Genesis Health System, Mercy Cedar Rapids, University of Iowa Health Care, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa. With the addition of Great River Health Systems, this alliance now includes 21 hospitals and clinics across Iowa with key locations in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, Fairfield, Burlington, Fort Madison and Keokuk.

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