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Clarke County Hospital saves county $2.1 million in taxes

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 2:35 p.m. CDT

Clarke County Hospital has saved Clarke County taxpayers $2.1 million by asking for less tax dollars than previously sanctioned, 10 years in a row.

For fiscal year 2015, Clarke County Hospital is only requesting 42 percent of the hospital’s authorized levy rate.

Clarke County Hospital is unique in the sense that no other county hospital in Iowa has been able to consistently improve the quality of services and equipment while reducing financial dependence on county taxes over the span of a decade.

In fact, most county hospitals across the U.S. are increasing tax requirements in order to maintain or improve services. Clarke County Hospital is focused to address the needs of the community, both in healthcare and the local economy.

“We are dedicated to the people of Clarke County to be financially responsible and therefore feel that it is important to keep our commitment of not asking the Clarke County tax payers for additional tax dollars,” said Brian Evans, Clarke County Hospital chief executive officer.

Though receiving less funding from tax dollars, investments in equipment and personnel have not been compromised. Clarke County Hospital leads Iowa rural hospitals in telemedicine capabilities and advanced diagnostic equipment.

In 2013, Clarke County Hospital was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Patient Care and was recognized as a Top 100 Iowa Workplace for the second year in a row.

About Clarke

County Hospital

Clarke County Hospital is a 25-bed, critical access hospital with advanced diagnostic and telemedicine technology.

Through telemedicine and visiting physicians, patients can receive specialized care close to home, including cardiology; nephrology; neurology; oncology; hepatology; general and vascular surgery; orthopedics; dermatology; pulmonology; gastroenterology; urology; and ear, nose and throat (ENT) services.

Clarke County Hospital emergency department operates the counties ambulance service with two ambulances and a staff of certified personnel who are readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The hospital campus also includes UnityPoint Clinic – Family Medicine at Clarke County.

Since its foundation in 1953, Clarke County Hospital has been a healthcare cornerstone of the south central Iowa community.

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