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    Agency: UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

    6/22/2020 - COVID-19 Changes:
    As we continue to work together to keep our patients, families and healthcare providers safe and healthy, the following new visitor restriction policies have been put in place by all metro health systems.

    Effective Monday, June 22, 2020, the following visitors are allowed:

    • If patient is imminently dying, two designated visitors are allowed.
    • ED/Medical/Surgical and Critical Care Units/ Surgery /Perioperative Procedure Clinic/: one designated caregiver/visitor allowed.
    • In Maternity Services (Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Antepartum): one designated caregiver/support person AND one designated birthing coach/doula are allowed in the patient’s labor & delivery room to support the care of the mother during the birthing process only.
    • If a patient is under the age of 18, they may have two designated caregivers (parent or legal guardian) at a time in the patient’s room to support the care of the patient.
    • Physician/outpatient clinics (Urgent Care, Family Medicine, Specialty Clinics, and Sleep Center): will allow one designated caregiver/visitor with a patient; two designated caregivers are allowed if the patient is under the age of 18. (The Iowa Clinic is still limiting minors to one visitor.)
    • If a patient is COVID-19 positive or suspected to have COVID-19, visitors will not be allowed.
    Designated caregivers and visitors must be free of any signs of illness and will be screened for
    symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors and designated caregivers should bring a mask to wear upon 
    entering the hospital or clinic. Individuals at high risk for severe disease (e.g., underlying
    cardiopulmonary disease, poorly controlled diabetes) should not visit.

    Designated caregivers:
    • Siblings under the age of 16 are not allowed.
    • Always remain in patient room as appropriate
    • Free from illness such as (fever, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, vomiting or runny nose)
    • Limit movement within the facility and avoid common areas (cafeterias will not be open to the public)
    Visiting hours are different for each healthcare system. Please contact each hospital to find out hours. Caregivers and visitors may deliver limited personal items to patients. Check with the health system to see what items are allowed before delivering to patient. Hospitals and clinics are still in need of homemade masks for caregivers and visitors. If you are able to donate homemade cloth masks to our hospital and clinic partners, please visit our website at Polk County Health Department for drop off locations and times. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

    For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, please visit

    5/22/2020 - COVID-19 Changes:
    The Polk County Medical Coordination Center is requiring all patients and visitors who are coming into hospitals and clinics to wear masks or homemade face cloths for appointments or visiting patients. This proactive measure is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to patients, visitors and the community. 

    Facemasks and cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

    IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER specializes in the following service areas: cancer treatment; cardiac care; maternity and women's services; emergency and trauma treatment; rehabilitation; wellness programs; behavioral medicine; surgery; orthopedics; critical care; primary care; older adult services; and home health care. Blank Children's Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center and Younker Rehabilitation Center are affiliated organizations.

    • Iowa Methodist Medical Center
      Iowa Methodist Medical Center: (515) 241-6212
      Fax: (515) 241-5339
      1200 Pleasant Street
      Des Moines, IA 50308

    Agency: UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

    Languages Available: English, Spanish

    Fees: Fees vary by program, call for details

    Intake: Walk in or physician referral

    Eligibility: Open to anyone

    Documents Required: Call for details

    Hours: Mon-Sun 24 hours

    Areas Served:
    • Adams County
    • Lucas County
    • Marion County
    • Ringgold County
    • Adair County
    • Clarke County
    • Dallas County
    • Decatur County
    • Jasper County
    • Madison County
    • Polk County
    • Taylor County
    • Union County
    • Warren County
    • Wayne County

    - Emergency Medical Care
    - Hospitals

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