UnityPoint Health® - Des Moines CEO Eric Crowell Announces Retirement

UnityPoint Health® - Des Moines CEO Eric Crowell Announces Retirement

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Eric Crowell President and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

(DES MOINES, Iowa – February 7, 2018) Eric Crowell, President and Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health® – Des Moines, has announced he will retire July 1. Over a thirty-seven-year career in health care, seventeen years in his current position, Crowell has led in Iowa, Illinois, and nationally, and he has been an active volunteer in his community. 

Crowell is a Des Moines native who graduated from East High School, holds an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. Before returning to Des Moines and UnityPoint Health in 2001, Crowell served as President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Trinity (formerly known as Trinity Health system) in Moline, Illinois. 

“It has been an honor to serve,” says Crowell. “More than anyone, I wish to thank the employees of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines who inspire me every day. These dedicated professionals consistently deliver and create a compassionate environment for expert care. The success of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is theirs, and I am proud to have stood by their side.” 

Crowell’s service goes well beyond the medical campuses of UnityPoint Health. He has served on numerous boards, including the Boards of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines University, Des Moines Performing Arts, Grand View University and the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC). Crowell received the distinguished Citation of Achievement Award from the College of Business at Iowa State University in 2011, is an East High School Distinguished Alumni, and was named a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

During Crowell’s tenure, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has focused on improving the quality of care and access to care in every segment of the market. A few of the notable accomplishments Crowell has led include: 

  • Merging Partners in Health with Iowa Health Physicians to create UnityPoint Clinic, Central Iowa’s leading clinic network. 
  • Building Methodist West Hospital to meet a growing community and expand hospital options in Central Iowa. ? Growing UnityPoint Health’s presence in Ankeny culminating with the opening of Ankeny Medical Park. 
  • Opening new Emergency Departments at Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children’s Hospital and Methodist West Hospital. 
  • Expanding LifeFlight – Central Iowa’s first air medical transport – with two locations including a base in Fort Dodge. 
  • Growing the assets of the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Foundation to $171 million while providing over $113 million of philanthropy to UnityPoint Health – Des Moines hospitals to mitigate patient care costs and provide critical services that are not typically reimbursed. 
  • Forming the Iowa EMS Alliance, a public/private partnership between the City of West Des Moines and UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, for ground ambulance services.
  • Meeting the rigorous standards for DNV GL - International Healthcare Accreditation and being the first hospitals in Iowa to attain ISO 9000 certification, ensuring consistent quality standards. ? Increasing the rural hospital network from four to six hospitals as well affiliating with Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services. 
  • Achieving Level 1 Trauma center status for Iowa Methodist Medical Center. 
  • Growing the medical residency and teaching programs to ensure the future of healthcare with knowledgeable and skilled medical professionals. 

“Eric is one of the rare leaders with the ability to establish a vision and inspire people to achieve more than they ever thought possible,” says Kevin Vermeer, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health. 

“Eric has been a tireless advocate for the employees of UnityPoint Health,” shares Brad Brody, Chair of the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Board of Directors. “He understands that first-class health care requires top-notch people. Eric has been a champion of the staff, providers and volunteers who make our programs, clinics, and hospitals exceptional places of care.” 

UnityPoint Health will conduct a search for UnityPoint Health – Des Moines’ next President and CEO. The search will include internal and external candidates and will be led by Board Chair, Brad Brody. No timeline for naming Eric Crowell’s successor has been announced.