The Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation is committed to raising community awareness and financial support for Broadlawns Medical Center. As the community hospital, we are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable populations and providing access to high quality healthcare to the underserved and at-risk individuals within our community.
In recent years, the Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation has been focused on securing funding for major initiatives that will enhance our facilities and expand our servicing capacity.
The Family Birthing Center at Broadlawns Medical Center
Broadlawns Medical Center intends to renovate its Family Birthing Center to provide enhanced labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum (LDRP) rooms and updated medical equipment. The modernization effort for the Family Birthing Center will include reconfiguring the nurseries and nursing station to allow for optimum care and patient flow. Architectural renderings are currently being completed with the intention that the renovation project will commence in the fall of 2017. The remodeled unit will be completed in phases in order to accommodate ongoing patient care.
Broadlawns has the largest staff of mental healthcare providers in Central Iowa, and we are taking a leadership position in addressing the needs for expanded access to mental healthcare. In 2013, Broadlawns increased its inpatient behavioral health beds from 26 beds to 30 beds. The inpatient unit continues to operate at 100% capacity, 365 days per year. The needs for expanded access to mental healthcare continue to grow. In April of 2016, Broadlawns completed a transformative renovation of its existing inpatient behavioral health unit to provide modernized patient rooms, additional treatment and group therapy spaces and enhanced areas for privacy and visitors. Broadlawns has initiated a second phase of construction that will expand the inpatient behavioral health unit from 30 beds to 44 beds which is the licensed capacity for Broadlawns Medical Center. The estimated completion date for the inpatient expansion is Summer 2017.
Last year, Broadlawns Outpatient Mental Health Clinic accommodated over 56,000 visits and we provided over 15,000 community-based visits. Demand for outpatient mental healthcare is currently outpacing our ability to attend to the growing needs for care. In March of 2017, Broadlawns Medical Center opened a 72,000 square foot Medical Plaza that is the new home to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (and the Family Health Center and Dental Clinic). The new facilities allow for expansion of our servicing capacity for outpatient mental healthcare, including expanded addiction services and intensive outpatient therapy. We are exploring the feasibility of incorporating telepsychiatry. In 2018, Broadlawns Medical Center and Unity Point-Des Moines will begin jointly administering a Psychiatric Residency training program that will accommodate 16 residents once the four-year program is fully operational.
Family Medicine Residency Housing
For the alumni of our Family Medicine Residency program, the onsite housing brings back fond memories of friendship, fellowship and support. The apartments were your home for the three years that you spent at Broadlawns prior to embarking upon your career in medicine.
Broadlawns has removed the outdated residency residency housing units that were in dire need of repair/replacement. In August of 2016, Broadlawns Medical Center completed construction of one of two proposed residency apartment buildings. There are fifteen units within the new residency housing building. Fundraising for the second building is still underway as the goal is to once again house all of the residents onsite so that there is ease of access to the medical campus and its emergency department, urgent care clinic and ob/gyn services during residency training.
Will you consider supporting this project with a gift? Your gift supports the Family Medicine Residency Program and paves the way for the future medical leaders.