UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Awards and Recognition

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines continually receives awards for outstanding patient care and for the role we play in our communities.

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Receives Three Star Rating from UnitedHealth in Total Joint Replacement Care

Iowa Methodist Medical Center is pleased to announce it has received the designation of Three Stars, the highest possible rating, and has been named a UnitedHealth Premium® Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center. Iowa Methodist is the only hospital in Iowa to receive the Three Star rating.

"We are very proud that Iowa Methodist has been designated a UnitedHealth Total Joint Specialty Center for total knee procedures, total hip procedures, readmission rate for total hip and knee and inpatient mortality rate," said Eric Crowell, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. "This designation means we have met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally-recognized medical standards and expert advice."

The UnitedHealth Premium Total Joint Specialty Center designation at Iowa Methodist will last for a twelve-month period. UnitedHealthcare developed the UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center designation program to give its members information about, and access to, hospitals meeting rigorous quality criteria. The designation is based on detailed information about specialized training, practice capabilities and proficiencies that we submit to UnitedHealthcare and is designed to help consumers make informed decisions about where to seek total joint replacement care.

"The UnitedHealth Premium designation means that our patients can depend on UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and by working together with Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Iowa Clinic offer conscientious, reliable total joint replacement care," said Crowell.

Blue Distinction CentersSM for Complex and Rare Cancers

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa has named the John Stoddard Cancer Center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare CancersSM.

"Receiving this national award is a special honor to the employees and physicians who work at John Stoddard Cancer Center and Iowa Methodist," said Dan Kollmorgen, M.D., FACS, surgical oncologist and medical director at John Stoddard Cancer Center. "This award reflects not only our dedication to providing quality healthcare to our patients but also to the time, effort, technology and coordination required to treat these unusual and complex tumors. We will continue to pursue opportunities that will allow us even higher standards of care for cancer patients."

Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers are facilities within participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield network service areas that offer comprehensive inpatient cancer care programs for adults, delivered by multidisciplinary teams with subspecialty training and distinguished clinical expertise in treating the following complex and rare subtypes of cancer:

  • Acute leukemia (inpatient/non-surgical)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Brain cancer - primary
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Liver cancer
  • Ocular melanoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Thyroid cancer - medullary or anaplastic

The Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers designation is focused primarily on multidisciplinary treatment planning and complex, major surgical treatments. The John Stoddard Cancer Center was chosen for having expertise in these complex and rare cancers: bladder; esophageal; gastric; pancreatic; and rectal.

HHS Recognizes Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital with Medal of Honor for Outstanding Organ Donation

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital a medal of honor for their outstanding rate of organ donation. Staff members from Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's were recognized with this award today during a special ceremony by the Iowa Donor Network.

The Department of Health and Human Services presents awards to the nation's largest hospitals for their success in increasing organ donation rates at their facilities.  The Department's Medal of Honor for Organ Donation is awarded annually to hospitals with 75 percent conversion rates over a continuous 12-month period. Only 97 hospitals nationwide received the Medal of Honor three consecutive times.

Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's came from a pool of 716 hospitals that met eligibility criteria. This represented hospitals with eight or more potential organ donors during the 26-month award period ending in June 2007 who sustained a donation rate of 75 percent or more from among eligible donors for at least a year.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City was also awarded with the Medal of Honor for its donation conversion rate above the national average of 75 percent and the triple crown for being above 75 percent conversion rate three years in a row. Four hospitals statewide were above the 75 conversion rate for a single year including Iowa Methodist, University Hospitals, Mercy in Des Moines and Sioux City.

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Bariatric Services Is Recognized For High-Quality Care

UnityPoint Health -Des Moines' Bariatric Services has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The ASMBS's Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

To earn a 'Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence' designation, the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Bariatric Services program underwent a series of detailed site inspections. All aspects of the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. The Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence must comply, thoroughly inspects and evaluates each candidate for designation, and upon review recommends approval of designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent program demands set forth by SRC and the ASMBS.

"A strong center of excellence program allows for standardization of the bariatric surgery experience nationwide," said Todd Eibes, M.D., bariatric surgeon and Medical Director for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines's Bariatric Services. "This allows patients to be sure that they are receiving the best bariatric care available, from an experienced team of medical professionals who routinely achieve the best outcomes possible."

A team approach is vital for patients undergoing bariatric surgery. "This designation recognizes our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our program from our entire team of professionals," said Teresa LaMasters, M.D., bariatric surgeon for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. "This begins with our pre-operative educational seminars, continues through surgery, and is maintained through lifelong follow-up and support."

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Bariatric Services is located at Lakeview Medical Park, 6000 University Ave, Suite 300, in West Des Moines. Bariatric surgeries are performed at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Each month, the Center offers free, no-obligation education sessions for people interested in finding out more about weight loss surgery options. UnityPoint Health - Des Moines's bariatric surgery team includes a full time dietitian, psychiatric counselor, nurse coordinator, physician assistant and two board-certified bariatric surgeons.


  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital each received Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma as a Level I Adult Trauma Center.
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Children's Hospital and Methodist West Hospital are accredited by DNV.
    Our laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
  • The Younker Rehabilitation Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • The John Stoddard Cancer Center's programs are accredited by The American College of Surgeons.
  • The Food & Drug Administration inspects our pharmacy services and blood bank. The blood bank also receives an annual inspection from the American Association of Blood Banks.
  • The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology reviews our Level 3 Perinatal Center.
  • The Iowa Department of Public Health (Nuclear Regulatory Agency) inspects Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology.
  • Human Subjects Protections Program has been accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP).
  • Medicare inspections are held for our skilled care beds (TCU), chemical dependency unit, rehab, pharmacy and behavioral health.
  • Our residency programs are affiliated with the University of Iowa for Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Family Practice.