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Van Buren County Hospital

304 Franklin Street

About Us:

Van Buren County Hospital

Van Buren County Hospital, a simply remarkable hospital that continues to grow in healthcare and technology, as the needs of its patients and the needs of the community grow. 

As the only hospital in the county, Van Buren County Hospital provides all the medical services patients will need. Their remarkable staff provides around the clock emergency care, lab and radiology services. As well as convenient, affordable, health care through their six rural medical clinics. They also provide Obstetric, Gynecology, and General Surgery services. Van Buren County Hospital is designated by The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as its Southeast Iowa Heart Care Center and they offer weekly cardiology clinics. Van Buren County Hospital and its staff are dedicated to meeting you and your family’s healthcare needs.

Van Buren County Hospital provides quality health care services to southeast Iowa and they do it with a genuine spirit of compassion and care. Their staff treats each patient as they would a member of their own family, always providing nurturing care. For more information about Van Buren County Hospital and their services you can call 319-293-3171. 

Our History:

The Van Buren County Hospital opened in 1951, equipped for 20 acute care patients and seven newborns. In 1962 the hospital expanded its capacity to 40 beds. In 1984, the hospital board contracted with Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health Corporation of Fargo, North Dakota to manage the facility.

The 1990’s brought significant changes to the hospital. The hospital established an affiliation with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which is still in place today!  Through this affiliation and other arrangements with area hospitals, over 20 specialty clinics were established.

The hospital opened the counties only state licensed Child Care Center in 1990 and in 1992 Van Buren County Hospital opened the county’s only Job Opportunities Center, helping residents find employment. In 1993, four rural health clinics were established in Douds, Stockport, Cantril and Birmingham Iowa, Stockport Clinic closed in 2010.

In 1997, the hospital completed a major expansion project. A generous donation from the late Hollis and Kathleen Arnold estate was followed by a capital campaign through which businesses and residents in or associated with Van Buren County raised $1.1 million toward this new expansion. The $4.4 million expansion included space for our active medical staff; visiting specialists, emergency room, physical therapy, cardio pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, laboratory services, radiology, and occupational therapy departments.

The 2000’s - On May 1, 2002, the hospital began operating as a Critical Access Hospital.

In 2004, the hospital opened Village Terrace, a 10-unit apartment complex for senior assisted living, attached to the hospital. That same year, the hospital opened a new operating room/ recovery suite and a new acute care wing with all private beds.

In 2006, the hospital also opened its new Birmingham Clinic, a $240,000 project which provided the residents in the northern half of Van Buren County and southern Jefferson County a new medical clinic, located right on Highway 1. The clinic features enhanced patient privacy, large rooms, extended clinic evening hours, and a soothing prairie view.

In 2007, the hospital purchased a building on Bonaparte's Main Street and remodeled it into a new, with an historic flair, medical clinic. Also in 2007, the hospital purchased land for the construction of its new Fox River Clinic, located on Highway 2, convenient for the residents of Cantril, Milton, and Davis County. The clinic opened in late 2007.

In 2012 Van Buren County Hospital opened a 2.2 million dollar Community Services Center. The center houses the VBCH Child Care Center/Preschool, Job Opportunities, Parents as Teachers, Healthy Villages, Occupational Health, an Optometrist, Head Start, WIC and a community meeting room.