March 24, 2017
Dear Board, Physicians, Employees, and City Council Members,
Guttenberg Municipal Hospital’s (GMH) Strategic Partnerships Task Force (Task Force) is pleased to provide this sixth stakeholder update. I’d like to start by thanking you again for your active participation during the Educational and Input Sessions on Monday, February 27th. We gathered many questions that you, our stakeholders, identified as important to pose to the three potential partners. You may recall that those questions were detailed in Stakeholder Letter #5, dated February 1, 2017.
The Task Force had in-depth conversations on March 9th and 14th with system-level executives from Mercy Health Network, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and UnityPoint Health. We decided that we also needed discussions with the regional representatives from the potential partners so we have a better sense of how things would work here in Guttenberg and Clayton County. Those follow-on discussions are scheduled for the first week in April.
As a result, our process has been extended. We now expect it will be the end of April, rather than the previously announced date in early April, before the Task Force has a recommendation for the GMH Board regarding “who” would be the best partner. As a reminder, the entire process of negotiating with the desired partner could take many more months, so any changes would not happen quickly. We will continue to communicate with you all along the way.
We are dedicated to ensuring an improved, sustainable, health care system for the future in Guttenberg.
Strategic Partnerships Task Force Chair and Board of Directors Vice Chair