Since 1919, people from across east central Iowa have relied on the health care professionals at UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center for their health care needs. A private, nonprofit, non-tax supported medical center with 49 beds, UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center serves more than 47,000 residents in Poweshiek, Jasper, Benton, Iowa, Mahaska and Tama counties. With about 50 physicians and advanced practice clinicians and 400 employees, we are the largest hospital in Iowa between Des Moines and Iowa City.
Like health care itself, we are always evolving and growing to meet the needs of area residents. From birth to end-of-life, we provide big city medicine with small town hospitality. We are dedicated to living our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.
Services Offered at Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite
Receive your chemotherapy, injections and infusion treatments close to home. Located on the first floor of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, the Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the GRMC Auxiliary and other donors. For assistance getting your physician orders to the Auxiliary Chemotherapy & Infusion Suite or to schedule a walk-through tour, please call (641) 236-2395.
- Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
- Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Available on a walk-in basis, without a doctor's order.
UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center offers several blood tests to help you best monitor your health. We're here to make it convenient for you to stay on top of your key numbers for your best health.
- Wellness screenings are available without an appointment.
- Come to the hospital admitting area to request the screenings you need.
- Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 7 a.m. to Noon
- Cash, check or credit card payment is due at the time of the test. We don't require a physician's order for the test or ask for health insurance.
|Chemistry Panel and CBC||$35*|
*Fasting is necessary for the Chemistry Panel. You will need to fast for 10-12 hours prior to the Chemistry Panel Wellness Screen.
The Nutrition Therapy Department at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services and programs from registered dietitian nutritionists to keep you healthy. Eating a healthy and balanced diet reduces your chances of developing heart disease, cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, stroke, anemia, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
The Nutrition Therapy Department offers one-on-one nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian. Physician referrals are required and can be faxed to the dietitians at (641) 236-2044.
Community/Worksite Wellness Presentations
The dietitian can prepare nutrition-related presentations or booths for your community event or health fair. Please contact a dietitian to inquire about availability.
Nutrition services are also available through the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Clinic. The clinic is devoted to helping individuals on their personal wellness journeys and offers information, instruction and support through educational programs and counseling sessions.
Talk with your doctor about scheduling an appointment with one of our clinic experts. A healthcare provider referral is required for a consultation with the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Clinic team.
The cardiac rehabilitation department at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is a Phase II program that provides monitored exercise and educational instruction to outpatients with heart disease. The education may cover topics such as risk modification, nutrition, medications, exercise plans and stress reduction.
- Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is for patients after discharge from the hospital who have experienced a qualifying cardiovascular event or procedure.
Our comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program assists individuals with chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
- Admission to the pulmonary rehabilitation program requires the patient have a medical diagnosis of a chronic respiratory condition or pulmonary function testing that shows moderate to severe COPD.
- We also see patients with other respiratory diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and asthma. These patients should also have had a pulmonary function test completed, but there are no minimum requirements.
The goal of the outpatient program is to help patients function at their highest capacity through strength training and exercise, medical management, nutrition education and emotional support. The program also encourages self-management, to decrease symptoms and complications, and ideally, reduce hospitalizations.
For more information about the programs, please call (641) 236-2411 to speak with the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation team.
We provide inpatient rehabilitation services to help our patients regain strength to improve independence for discharge.
This might look like the following:
- Balance practice
- Learning about assistive devices and doing trainings
- Assisting daily activities of living
Surgical Services at Grinnell Regional Medical Center
We are proud to offer a full spectrum of care, providing our patients access to traditional and specialty surgical services including bariatrics, ENT, general, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, thoracic and urology. To learn more about our surgery options, call (641) 236-7511.
Bariatric Surgery Quality Distinctions
We're one of only a few rural hospitals with the distinction of Bariatric Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
This demonstrates the high quality of our hospital, staff and procedures.
Since 2006, we have received the highly respected Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery. This designation means we have good outcomes for overall patient safety and bariatric procedures.
Schedule an appointment or consultation with UnityPoint Health - Grinnell General Surgery and Weight Loss Surgery Clinic by calling (641) 236-4323.
Community Health Needs Assessment
As part of our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, we strive to provide exemplary health care as well as health education and screenings to the public.Learn More
UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center is proud to support non-profit organizations in the communities we serve.Contribution Request
At UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center, we strive for service excellence and are committed to publicly sharing quality data related to clinical outcomes, patient safety and patient experience.Learn More
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Scholarship
We recognize the critically important role EMS holds for the overall health and well-being of our local communities and the challenge these vital services are facing. In response, UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center medical staff voted in 2022 to fund a scholarship for emergency medical service (EMS) students or services in Poweshiek County and surrounding areas.
- The scholarship provides up to $750 of reimbursed cost to a student affiliated with local EMS or local EMS departments upon completion of an authorized EMS training program.
- New and existing EMS volunteers are encouraged to apply.
For additional information, please contact Grinnell Regional Medical Center administration at (641) 236-2300.
At the urging of local citizens, Dr. P. E. Somers established a private hospital in his home on North Park Street. This was an eight-bed infirmary located across from the Grinnell College campus.
The private hospital served the community until 1905 when a fire destroyed the home of Dr. P.E. Somers.
Grinnell opened its first municipal hospital in 1908. This hospital, located on the southeast corner of Elm Street and Sixth Avenue, had the finest in medical equipment for its time. This facility served the community until 1919.
Two new hospitals opened in Grinnell. Grinnell Community Hospital, a 45-bed facility, was organized as a stock company and incorporated under Iowa laws. It was located in west Grinnell on the site where Grinnell Regional Medical Center now stands. St. Francis Hospital, a 35-bed facility, was owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Francis. It was located on the east side of Grinnell, now the site of St. Francis and Seeland Park.
In the 1960s, it became difficult to operate two hospitals in the community due to rising costs, staffing problems and aging facilities and equipment. Community Hospital and St. Francis Hospital merged in 1967 under the name Grinnell General Hospital in west Grinnell.
The new Grinnell General Hospital completed construction of a two-story patient care wing.
Grinnell General Hospital completed additional construction projects creating additional space for surgery, the emergency room, radiology, physical and respiratory therapy, laboratory and a new chapel.
Grinnell General Hospital celebrated its silver anniversary in 1993 by announcing a name change to Grinnell Regional Medical Center to reflect the expanded health care services and regional reach.
In January 2018, Grinnell Regional Medical Center joined the UnityPoint Health organization, becoming known as UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center.