UnityPoint Health, Iowa Heart to end working partnership in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge announced earlier this week that an agreement with MercyOne — Iowa Heart will come to an end later this year.

Leah Glasgo, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, confirmed that “we remain committed to providing high-quality cardiovascular care to Fort Dodge and the surrounding region.”

Iowa Heart provided UnityPoint Health with a written notice, saying they were terminating the cardiology agreement between the two effective October 19, 2024.

After receiving news of the notice, talks with UnityPoint Clinic partners began to leverage their expertise and develop a plan to provide those same services previously offered.

“UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge and Mercy Iowa Heart are committed to working together to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition of services and patient care,” Glasgo said. “At this time, we are working with our UnityPoint Clinic partners to develop a plan for support and coverage to ensure 24/7 interventional cardiology care at Trinity Regional Medical Center.

“We know this is a vital service and we are focused on developing a plan to meet this need.”

Iowa Heart Center remains open and will continue to see patients at its Fort Dodge location, 800 Kenyon Road.

According to its website, MercyOne — Iowa Heart currently has centers in West Des Moines, Ames, Ankeny, Carroll, Des Moines, Newton, Ottumwa and Fort Dodge.

The Fort Dodge location offers an anticoagulation clinic, cardiac surgery, clinical cardiology, diagnostic imaging, a heart rhythm center, interventional cardiology, a medication assistance program and a prevention and wellness clinic.


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