For nearly 40 years, Dr. Joe Hoagbin has been a member of the CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs medical staff, caring for three generations of patients from southwest Iowa while advancing health care on multiple fronts.
The provision of “health care” is a relatively small determinant of overall health – perhaps 10 percent, most experts agree. To truly meet the Triple Aim, hospitals and other providers must participate and lead in the other 90 percent.
Jerry Hernandez, Mercy Medical Center’s KidShape liaison, explained, “The main goal is to transform lives which will make a healthy impact for the future. We don’t gauge success by weight loss, although our students do lose weight. We see success when we change habits concerning eating and physical activity.”
IHA established the Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now more than 300 students have benefited from the program.
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The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) is a voluntary membership organization representing hospital and health system interests to business, government, and consumer audiences. It shapes health policy, fosters new forms of health care delivery, gathers data and monitors health care payment systems.