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Eleanor Moore Hospital, Boone, Iowa.

1900 

  • Samuel Moore, a prominent Boone financer, purchases land to build a new home.  Instead, he decides to donate the land to build a hospital after learning from Dr. Deering, a railroad physician, that a railroad worker had died and could have been saved if there had been a hospital available in Boone County.  After building the hospital, Mr. Moore names it after his mother Eleanor; the new name is the Eleanor Moore Hospital.  Mr. Moore then invites Boone County residents to furnish rooms in the hospital.  The response is generous.

1903 

  • To instill a feeling of ownership by county residents, Mr. Moore forms a company and sells stock in the hospital. In the following years, he is able to pay stockholders in full.

1919 

  • The county votes to acquire the hospital from Mr. Moore, hence changing the name from the Eleanor Moore Hospital to the Eleanor Moore County Hospital.

1925 

  • A disastrous fire breaks out in the top story of the hospital, racing throughout, destroying most of the equipment. No casualties were reported. After the fire, the hospital is remodeled and renamed Boone County Hospital.

1940 

  • The County Board of Supervisors authorizes the sale of hospital bonds, allowing the remodeling of the old building and the construction of a new three-story addition, helping to accommodate changes in health care and population growth.

1953 

  • Boone County voters approve another bond issue for new hospital construction.

1966 

  • Another new addition is built.

1989 

  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs are established.

2000 

  • Bonds are sold to meet the growing health care needs of the Boone community.  Boone County Hospital's newest addition responds to advancements in medical practices and technology.  Areas of new construction include:  the Emergency Department, Surgery, Specialty Clinic, the Family Birth Center, Special Care Unit and the main Atrium.   

2002

  • The McFarland Clinic building in Boone became Boone County Family Medicine.  Employees of McFarland also became employees of Boone County Family Medicine and Boone County Hospital.

  • Boone County Hospital opened the Boone County Family Medicine Clinic in Ogden.

2004

  • Boone County Hospital opened the F. William Beckwith Adult Day Services in Boone.

  • Boone County Hospital opened the Madrid Family Practice Clinic in Madrid.

2005 

  • Boone County Hospital becomes a critical access hospital by the federal government.  The hospital must decrease the number of beds to 25 to qualify for the special designation.  A remodeled third floor becomes a Skilled Care Unit.

2006 

  • The 1954 addition at the west end of the hospital is torn down leaving a partial building "stub."  The space created by the removal of the addition is used for much needed parking and green space.  Obstetrics/Gynecology and Orthopedic specialties are added to the services available at Boone County Hospital.

2007/2008 

  • Major remodeling of the west end of the hospital was completed.  New areas include a Meditation Room, a surgery office and the Rehabilitation Services on the main floor, Health Information Management, the Business Office, Information Technology and clinic spaces on the second and third floors, and a new Conference Room and Board Room on the 4th floor; .

2011 

  • An additional birthing suite was added to the Family Birth Center making a fourth room to accommodate the hospital's growing OB services.

2014 

  • Boone County Family Medicine in Ogden relocated to a brand new building in January.  The new location allows for more patient rooms, and a growing staff.

  • A new Wound and Hyperbaric Center opened on the third floor of the hospital in August.  The center offers two hyperbaric chambers which helps patients in the healing process.

  • Four orthopedic surgeons joined the Boone County Hospital Specialty Clinic.  All four surgeons have privileges at the hospital which means Boone County residents can have many of their procedures done in Boone rather than traveling to Des Moines.

2015

  • A new Pain Clinic was added to Boone County Hospital.  Due to the growing number of patients in need of pain services, the clinic moved from Surgery to the third floor of the hospital allowing for more space and rooms for pain procedures.

  • Several nurse practitioners were added to the professional services staff already available at Boone County Hospital.

2016

  • A second OB/GYN joined the growing Obstetrics/Gynecology Clinic.

  • The Boone County Hospital After Hours Clinic open in the west end of the hospital.  The clinic is available for minor illnesses and injuries.

  • The former UnityPoint building on Story Street officially becomes Boone County Family Medicine (BCFM) North and is operated by Boone County Hospital.

  • The After Hours Clinic relocated to BCFM North and was renamed to BCFM North Walk-in Clinic.

2017 

  • Due to a large patient base in Ogden, Boone County Hospital Rehabilitation Services opened a new clinic in Ogden to better serve the Ogden and surrounding communities.  The clinic is across the street from Boone County Family Medicine.

  • Each spring, the Boone County Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary give out multiple scholarships to individuals pursuing healthcare and business-related degrees.

  • The Wound and Hyperbaric Center received the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence Award.  The award is given to Wound Care Centers in the Healogics Network that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years.

  • Boone County Hospital was named one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.  The hospitals that are named to this list are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers, according to the report.

  • Boone County Hospital purchased a new 3D Mammography™ machine.  Utilizing advanced breast technology, 3D exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

2018

  • The Wound and Hyperbaric Center was once again awarded the Robert A. Warriner III, Center of Excellence Award.  The Center achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years.

  • The Specialty Clinics Outpatient Infusion Center relocated to the 2nd floor of the hospital in the former Special Care Unit, allowing for much needed space for infusion therapy.

  • The BCH Foundation secured money from fundraising, the Good Trust, private gifts, the Fenton Trust, the Boone County Endowment and the BCH Auxiliary to assist with the remodeling of the patient rooms on the Med/Surg floor, as well as new flooring in the hallways.

2019

  • Boone County Hospital and Dr. Craig Mahoney began offering robotics-assisted total and partial knee surgery using the NAVIO® Surgical System.  To perform the procedure, a handheld robotics-assisted tool is used to position NAVIO-specific cutting guides exactly as intended, based on the patient-specific data previously collected.  This extra layer of precision and accuracy is designed to enable optimal implant placement for better patient outcomes.           

  • The Boone County Hospital (BCH) Wound and Hyperbaric Center (W&HC) began partnering with RestorixHealth, a leader in comprehensive wound management programs, for their wound care services.  In addition, the Program Director began sharing time between BCH and the Mary Greeley Medical Center Wound Center in Ames.

  • Rehab Services celebrated their 35 years of service in the Boone community.  They are continually adding services to better meet the needs of their patients.  What once started as occupational, physical and speech therapy has grown into much more. 

2020

  • The Foundation paid for a remodel in the Medical/Surgical Unit which included new flooring in the hallways, patient beds, bedside tables, over bed tables, recliners, and window treatments.

  • The beginning of the COVID pandemic hit Boone County.  A weekly Incident Command Team was put in place at the hospital, COVID Q&A for employees was added to the internal P Drive, and a COVID Nurse Line was added for the public so they could call in with questions and concerns.

  • A small COVID Cabana building was set-up behind the Walk-In Clinic.  Patients who had respiratory symptoms were able to call ahead, pull their car up to the Cabana, and get tested for COVID.

  • Demolition of the Pharmacy remodel project began in September; completion was early 2021.  The remodel was to allow for appropriate handling and storage of hazardous medications as well as the sterile and non-sterile compounding of these and all medications.

  • Record numbers of patients were seen for COVID symptoms.  The building next to Boone County Family Medicine North was rented in the fall of 2020 and was turned into a Respiratory Clinic for COVID patients; the COVID Cabana was given back to the city. 

  • COVID vaccines were finally available to direct line healthcare workers.  The first doses were given mid-to-late December.

2021

  • COVID vaccines for the public began in January 2021.

  • The new Boone County Hospital mobile unit was parked outside the Ogden Clinic.  The staff utilized it it to see respiratory patients in the afternoon, so patients no longer had to be seen in their cars.   

  • The Respiratory Clinic moved back to Boone County Family Medicine and the Walk-In Clinic.

  • The Boone County Hospital Wound and Hyperbaric Center earned the 2020 “Going the Distance” Award, issued by RestorixHealth, an organization that specializes in the development and management of comprehensive wound healing and Amputation Prevention Center® facilities.  Healthcare professionals were tasked with maintaining quality through patient outcomes despite a daunting global pandemic.   

  • Boone County Public Health played a key role in the COVID pandemic from spring 2020 through 2021.  From contact tracing, communicating, and educating the public, schools, businesses, and colleges, to the many long hours, they went above and beyond.  The staff was investigating individuals that had COVID and were contact tracing to find out who they had been in touch with and how long ago.  It was an exhausting time.

  • In May, the Family Birth Center (FBC) started offering nitrous oxide which is a safe blend of 50% nitrous and 50% oxygen and is a great way to participate in labor management.  The use of nitrous oxide takes effect in seconds and offers immediate relief of pain and anxiety without long-lasting effects.   

  • Boone County Hospital is excited to announce it was officially recognized as a Cribs for Kids® National Bronze Certified Safe Sleep Hospital. The Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program awards recognition to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to reducing infant, sleep-related deaths by promoting and educating on best safe sleep practices.  Boone County Hospital is proud to hold this title!

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