Grinnell Hospital Receives Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll

Grinnell Hospital Receives Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll

GRMC Awarded Honor Roll Status

Grinnell, IAMay 14, 2020 The Immunization Action Coalition recognized UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) with the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll for achieving a coverage rate of 97 percent for newborns in 2019. The birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine is critical to safeguarding all infants from the Hepatitis B virus infection which can lead to chronic liver disease.

The Honor Roll recognizes hospitals for their noteworthy dedication to patient safety by establishing a policy to administer the first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine to newborns prior to hospital discharge. GRMC has been on the honor roll for three years and is one of three hospitals in Iowa that were honored in 2019.

“When you’re expecting, you expect the very best care – for yourself and your baby,” says Sheryl Baarda, RNC, nurse manager of OB at GRMC. “Our team is focused on exceeding your expectations for maternity care before and after your baby is born.”

To learn more about maternity services at GRMC visit

Photo cutline: Cherish Hansen, RN, Kami Walters, RN and Sheryl Baarda, RNC, OB Nurse Manager.


About UnityPoint Health – Grinnell

UnityPoint Health® - Grinnell is a nonprofit and non-tax supported rural health care provider serving more than 40,000 residents in a six-county rural area of east central Iowa. UnityPoint Health – Grinnell includes Grinnell Regional Medical Center -a 49-bed hospital- as well as the Manatt Walk-In Clinic, Grinnell Family Practice, Victor Health Center, UnityPoint at Home and UnityPoint Hospice. It is comprised of 50 physicians and allied health care professionals who provide an array of services from birth to end-of-life. Specialties include bariatric surgery; emergency medicine; family medicine; general surgery; internal medicine; obstetrics/gynecology; otolaryngology; pain management; pathology; pediatrics; podiatry; radiology; and geriatric medicine. Visiting specialists in more than 10 concentrations provide additional specialty care for area residents. For more information, visit