Blessing Health System will become the owner of Keokuk Area Hospital effective March 1st.

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Talks between UnityPoint Health and Blessing started October 20th and resulted in what a press release terms a member substitution rather than a traditional purchase. Blessing will replace UnityPoint as the parent of Keokuk Area Hospital.


Blessing Health System officials believe the first two steps in restructuring the organization and strengthening its financial position are reopening the Keokuk Medical Clinic physician practice Blessing formerly operated and enhancing care available through the hospital’s emergency room. Blessing President and CEO Maureen Kahn says they want to bring specialists into the community and keep as much local care as possible.

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