In Iowa, hospitals and physicians working through the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and the national Partnership for Patients initiative have made a concerted effort to reduce early elective deliveries. In fact, “hard-stop” policies implemented by Iowa hospitals have all but eliminated such deliveries.
A patient-centered approach would incorporate lessons from other hospital systems to create structures for physicians and hospitals to deliver excellence while providing flexibility for patients to go wherever they can to get the best care. The VA needs a sensible plan for consolidation in some areas, while expanding excellent care options for all veterans, especially those living in rural and remote areas.
Hospitals are the place to go when you break a bone, need surgery or have a baby; hospitals are not as well designed to heal the emotional and mental needs that many of our patients also bring with them. Social Worker Maggie Martinez is the person that Buena Vista Regional Medical Center turns to when patients need more assistance than medical training can provide.
It was a loss the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s in Sioux City team wasn’t going to let Randy Krueger face on his own. Randy says the team has “always just been there for us and they continue to call me,” he adds. “It’s just been a blessing to have them.”
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