This is the 46th in a 10-week series, "50 Ways to Say Muscatine," that will look at the people, places and things that tell the tale of the Pearl City. Today's topic: Health care.
MUSCATINE, Iowa — As the Muscatine community has grown, so has its health care options.
In 1902, Mira Hershey donated the building at 1810 Mulberry Ave. that become the Benjamin Hershey Memorial Hospital, in memory of Mira's father. In 1954, the hospital was turned into a nursing home, the Hershey Convalescent Home, which was torn down in 1983.
Today, Senior Resources is located where the Hershey Memorial Hospital once stood.
The Bellevue Hospital opened in 1905 at 205 Cherry St. and an addition to the building was made in 1940. However, in 1960 the hospital was turned into Riverview Heights Nursing Home, which closed in 1977. The main building is now a private home.
While today we call it quackery, in the 1920s Norman Baker was calling it health care. The notorious notable Muscatine resident opened the Baker Muscatine Cancer Hospital in the fall of 1929 on Front Street, (what is now Mississippi Drive). Although he didn't have any formal medical training, Baker claimed that he could cure cancer and in 1930 thousands of people gathered at Weed Park to witness him open Mandus Johnson's skull to "cure" Johnson of cancer. The hospital was closed the following year.
Muscatine General Hospital opened in March 2, 195,4 but has changed its name over the years. The hospital name changed to Unity HealthCare in 1999, which was a part of the Unity Health System until 2010 when the hospital was purchased by the Iowa Health System. The hospital was then given its current name, Trinity Muscatine.
In 2013, the Iowa Health System changed its name to UnityPoint Health, which is not affiliated with the hospital's previous owner, Unity HealthCare.
Today, the Trinity Muscatine hospital campus, 1518 Mulberry Ave., offers an Express Care, emergency room, radiology, medical and surgical intensive care unit, chemical dependency services, female care and pulmonary rehabilitation. In 2012, the hospital began an $18 million-plus expansion, which added more private emergency rooms, updating surgical suites and purchased a new MRI machine and bone density technology.
A new UnityPoint Clinic is being built across from Menards in the 3400 block of U.S. Highway 61 and is scheduled to be open for patients in early 2015. The clinic will offer primary family medicine, express care, orthopedic care and ENT care.
A second urgent care clinic in town, Muscatine Urgent Care, PLC is located at the Muscatine Mall, 1903 Park Ave., and offers urgent care services without an appointment.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics extended its reach into Muscatine with a building at 3465 Mulberry Ave. that offers services in internal medicine such as cardiology, hematology and oncology, nephrology and pulmonary.
The Muscatine Medical Center is located at 2109 Cedarwood Drive and houses Mercy Medical Center as well as offer services in chiropractics, ENT, surgical, orthopedics, dental and cardiovascular.
Lutheran Living Senior Campus, formerly known as Lutheran Homes, is located at 2421 Lutheran Drive and offers a multitude of services. The organization is a faith-based non-profit with a church-affiliated board of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The campus offers continuing care town homes for seniors ages 55 and older, independent living apartment, assisted living apartments, care center for seniors with Alzheimer’s or memory loss and center for long-term skilled nursing care.
Lutheran Living’s newest remodel includes the transitional care center, which offers short-term rehabilitation services with private rooms for seniors to heal closer to home.