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Iowa Methodist Recognized for a Century of Membership in the American Hospital Association


Today the American Hospital Association (AHA) honored UnityPoint Health – Iowa Methodist Medical Center for its 100 years of participation and leadership in the AHA. At the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Board Meeting, Liz Summy, AHA regional executive, recognized the hospital’s longstanding membership with an award to David Stark, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

“It is an honor to be recognized and receive this award from the American Hospital Association,” said Stark. “We know how important it is to work together in health care and that was even more evident over the last year and a half as we faced a global pandemic together. We value our membership with AHA.”

While the AHA was founded in 1898, the first year of admitting institutional members was 1919, making Iowa Methodist one of the earliest members of the AHA. Founded in 1901, Iowa Methodist Medical Center has been providing Central Iowa with high-quality, compassionate health care for more than 120 years.

“The American Hospital Association is proud to recognize Iowa Methodist for their 100 years of membership in the AHA and for their continued commitment to their patients and the Des Moines-area community,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “The AHA applauds the staff and leadership of Iowa Methodist and the UnityPoint Health for putting patients first and serving as a cornerstone of care in the community, and thanks them for being a part of the national health care discussion for so many years.”

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