Posted by Denny Conway on May 29, 2018

 This week’s Grinnell Rotary Club speaker was fellow Rotarian Zach Weiderspon.  Zach recently began a new role as the Director of Integration and Planning for UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.  In that role, he is charged with helping lead UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s transition into the UnityPoint Health System.  Prior to taking this new role Zach served as a member of the Finance team at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. He is a resident of Grinnell and an active member in the Grinnell community.  Zach spoke to the Grinnell Rotary Club to give a hospital update and discuss some of the exciting new developments that are occurring in partnership with UnityPoint Health. He shared that the hospital has completed the planting of the giving gardens located throughout the community.   Wellness Director Chad Nath, helped prepare and plant the gardens, which are open to all and help to provide fresh produce to residents, as well as local food pantries. Weiderspon also mentioned that the hospital recently held a community open forum to discuss the opioid abuse epidemic that is impacting the U.S.  The open forum was put on in conjunction with several community and regional stakeholders including local law enforcement, fire department, substance abuse counselors, assisted living and nursing homes, and other community stakeholders. The stakeholders were able to discuss preventions and interventions for limiting opioid abuse throughout the community.   Zach discussed some exciting new developments at the hospital through its partnership with UnityPoint Health. The hospital will be adding and expanding several specialties including Cardiology, Orthopedics, Dermatology, and Ear Nose and Throat. Beginning in June, the hospital is planning six more days/month of cardiology services. In late July/early August, the hospital will be welcoming two orthopedic providers that will offer a full range of orthopedic services.  The hospital is looking at adding an additional day/month of dermatology services to help meet the community’s need. Finally, the hospital is excited to welcome and expand ear nose and throat services as a new full-time ENT provider will be joining Surgical Associates, LLP in July. Zach closed by saying that there are a lot of exciting things happening at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center that will help improve and expand access to care locally.

    Rotary meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at West Side Family Restaurant.