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UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Psychiatry

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Psychiatry is a medical psychiatry practice in Des Moines, Iowa specializing in the general psychiatric care of adults. Our team of clinical psychiatrists uses a medical management model with supportive consultation and cognitive work to support patients as they proceed through therapy and manage their ongoing lives.

Our psychiatrists have experience with many different conditions that affect people at many ages and in many walks of life, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive disorders; specific conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder; and dementia disorders that primarily affect older adults.

We welcome you as a patient and appreciate your choosing UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Psychiatry Services for your care. We will strive to maintain the confidence you have placed in us. We always welcome your comments and feedback on the services you receive.

Your Initial Visit

Your first visit to our clinic will include an evaluation by a board-eligible or certified psychiatrist. At the end of this session, you will be informed of our recommendations for treatment, including the possibility of both medication and psychotherapy (counseling). Referring physicians may be notified of the initial visit if we are requested and released to do so.

It is helpful if you arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment to allow time for the registration process. We request that you present your insurance card at each visit. This allows for a more efficient check-out and billing process.

Office Hours

Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Our telephone is answered from 9 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone calls over the noon hour are taken by our answering service.

Phone Calls/Emergencies

If you have an immediate life-threatening emergency, please seek care at the nearest emergency room or dial 911.

Our physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on-call. If you call during office hours, nurses are available until 4:30 p.m. to take your call, or we will call you back by the end of the day. 

Cancellations

Please notify our office 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment in the event you must cancel.

Prescription Refills/Samples

Please allow two working days for your prescription to be refilled. During regular office hours, our physicians will refill enough medication to last until the next appointment. We discourage ongoing refills by telephone except in specific circumstances. Weekend calls for refills are also discouraged and will only be approved in quantities sufficient to last to the next working day.

Due to limited supply, we may provide samples for only a short time when prescribing new medication. If there is a hardship associated with filling prescriptions, we may provide you with access to patient assistance programs.

Payments/Insurance

We participate with most major insurance companies. Please check with your insurer as they may require preauthorization prior to provision of services.

We respectfully ask that you make your co-payment at the time of the service.  If you have a substantial account balance, payment may be required before additional services are rendered.

We accept cash, personal checks, VISA, Discover, and MasterCard.

A 20% prompt-pay discount is offered to patients who provide payment at the time of service for our patients without health insurance benefits.

If you have any questions regarding your account, please call our Billing Office at  (515) 471-9720, or ask to speak with the billing specialist in our office. 

Meet our Providers

C. Jason Gucfa, M.D.

C. Jason Gucfa, M.D.

C. Jason Gucfa, M.D.received his medical education from the American University of the Caribbean's School of Medicine and completed his residency with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Gucfa is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His practice will include the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and adult attention deficit disorder. Dr. Gucfa believes that it's essential to educate his patients and also to work with them closely to plan their treatment. His personal interests include travel, skiing, boating, golf, piano and guitar. 

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Jessica McIlrath, D.O.

Jessica McIlrath, D.O. began her psychiatry practice in 2010. She received her medical training at Des Moines University. She continued at the University of South Dakota with her residency program. Dr. McIlrath's practice focuses on general adult psychiatry. Her personal interests include spending time with family, reading and doing outdoor activities .