3 specialty outreach services at HCHC no longer being offered by University of Iowa

CEO says they will do what they can to get access to local specialty care

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is terminating three of their specialty outreach services at Henry County Health Center.

The hospital was notified in July and August that Pulmonology, Endocrinology and Oncology and Hematology would no longer be available at HCHC through the University of Iowa. Pulmonology and Endocrinology already held their last scheduled clinic visit. Oncology and Hematology will have their last scheduled clinic visit in mid-December.

“It’s unfortunate. Some of these clinics we’ve had in our location for 20 years,” HCHC CEO Robb Gardner said. “In health care, the winds are blowing, and the sea of change is happening.”

Gardner said the hospital will look to regional partners nearby to try to get access to specialty care locally again. HCHC is not alone in the University of Iowa pulling back on its outreach services, Gardner said. It is happening in other communities as well and HCHC is not the exception.

“We will continue to see what we can do to find some solutions,” Gardner said.