You Don’t Have to Go It Alone: Why One Rural Health Care Organization Joined a Larger Network—and What You Can Learn From Its Example

June 29, 2015

By Lisa Ellis

Lisa D. Ellis, photoIs bigger better? For Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC), a 49-bed rural hospital in Grinnell, Iowa, affiliating with the larger Mercy Health Network in Des Moines has certainly had its benefits.

This affiliation was approved back in 2009, after GRMC’s leadership decided to look for new ways to position itself so it could remain strong and evolve with the changing health care field and continue to fulfill its mission of protecting people’s health, both now and in the future.

Evolving to Meet the Shifting Health Care Market

“Health care has become very complex, and the complexity is just continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. Part of this is about skill and scale,” explains Todd C. Linden, FACHE, President and CEO of GRMC.


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