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Release: Feb. 15, 2002
Marengo, Sigourney Hospitals Alter Pact With UI Health
Following a successful initiative that saw a University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' administrator help lead two community hospitals
to a more firm financial footing, hospital officials announced that they plan
to alter their affiliation with University of Iowa Health Care.
In the summer of 1999, the Marengo Memorial Hospital
in Marengo faced an economic crisis. The hospital's board turned to UI Health
Care leadership for help. Michael Trachta, an administrative fellow at UI
Hospitals and Clinics, agreed to serve as the chief executive officer (CEO)
of the Marengo hospital in July 1999. He later became CEO of the Keokuk County
Health Center in Sigourney in December 1999.
Trachta, 31, recently resigned those posts to accept
a position as CEO of the Waverly Municipal Hospital in Waverly and began his
duties there Feb. 1. The boards of the hospitals in Marengo and Sigourney
decided to hire their own administrators, instead of continuing to receive
administrative services from UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Jan Meier, vice-chair of the Marengo Memorial Hospital
Board of Trustees, said, "The Board of Trustees of Marengo Memorial Hospital
appreciates the relationship with University of Iowa Health Care. We also
appreciate the time and effort of Mr. Trachta. Mr. Trachta's effort contributed
significantly to the success of the hospital being designated as a critical
"The Keokuk County Health Center Board of Directors
was very pleased with Mike's work ethic and leadership abilities. We can attribute
our Critical Access Status to Mike's hard work and dedication. Our hospital
is now on solid financial footing," said Tony Latcham, board chairperson.
"It was a true pleasure to work with the people of
Marengo and Sigourney," Trachta said. "Everyone in those communities is very
dedicated to their hospitals, and they worked very hard to ensure their success."
Both community hospitals will continue other service
agreements with UI Hospitals and Clinics, such as an agreement to provide
pharmacy services to the Marengo Memorial Hospital and Keokuk County Health
"It has been my pleasure serving University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics," Trachta added. "I have had the opportunity to learn
from many of the best in their fields. My time there inspired me to pursue
health care administration as a life-long career."
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between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.
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