Great River Health Systems to collaborate with University of Iowa Health Alliance

Great River Health announced that it is collaborating with the University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA), becoming the organization’s fifth member.

The University of Iowa formed UIHA in 2012 to address the rapidly changing health care environment. Through the alliance, hospitals and physicians from across the state can share effective practices, education and research. Alliance members’ shared vision of health is for high quality, lower costs and a healthier Iowa.

Great River Health will work with other UIHA members to develop and implement evidence-based care for keeping populations healthy. The health systems also will share selected support services and information technologies needed to succeed in the emerging accountable care environment.

“This partnership is an important step for better coordinating and expanding health care for our region,” said Mark Richardson, Great River Health Systems’ president and CEO. “UIHA will enhance our efforts to navigate health care reform by helping us to continue providing high-quality care while saving valuable health care dollars.”

Besides Great River Health and the University of Iowa Health Care, other alliance members are:

  • Genesis Health System based in Davenport
  • Mercy-Cedar Rapids
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa based in Waterloo

The five-member alliance comprises 21 hospitals and clinics across Iowa with key locations in Burlington/West Burlington, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Iowa City, Keokuk and Waterloo. Nearly 2,100 physicians are part of the alliance.

“The addition of Great River Health significantly strengthens our efforts to improve clinical integration throughout Iowa,” said University of Iowa Health Alliance CEO Dan Kueter. “They also will join our new UIHA Accountable Care Organization as we work together to shift from fee-for-service to value-based care delivery. Patients, employers and insurance carriers look to us to deliver physician-led solutions that use best medical practices for prevention and wellness. We’re uniquely focused on delivering the right services at the right time.”

The agreement does not involve a merger of assets or changes in ownership and control. Great River Health maintains its independence and commitment to serving residents of southeast Iowa, west-central Illinois and northeast Missouri.