UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's awarded grant from State of Iowa
January 14, 2022
Governor Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa initiative makes onsite daycare possible
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s has been awarded $993,750 from Governor Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa initiative to assist in the development of onsite childcare for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s team members.
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s will retrofit current office space into a childcare facility for team members with children ages 0 to 5. The center will provide 56 childcare slots during hours that support the team members at the hospital. Many healthcare workers work 12 hour shifts that are not covered by traditional childcare facilities. Not only will the childcare center create availability in the community, but it will also serve as a way to attract and retain nurses and other clinical staff to a rural area where there is a chronic nursing shortage.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this benefit to our team members here at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s,” says Corey Snider, Chief Operating Officer. “We wouldn’t be able to make it happen without this assistance from the Governor, and we are so grateful for her partnership. We hope that this childcare facility will help to alleviate some of the stress that our team members have had to endure, especially over the past couple of years. As they show up daily to care for the Siouxland community, they deserve peace of mind knowing that their children are safe and cared for.”
Work on this project is set to begin the first quarter of 2022 with opening planned for the second quarter of 2022.