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Four Mercy Hospitals Form Regional Board

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Four large medical centers in Iowa's Mercy Health Network have formed a new regional governing board.

Mercy Medical Centers in Sioux City, Mason City, Dubuque and Clinton have formed one board to provide governance and oversight to the medical centers.

The organization's officials say it will allow greater unity in developing strategies and pursuing better care, lower costs and healthier communities.

Dave Vellinga, President and CEO of Mercy Health Network, says modern health care requires regional partnerships and contracting and the new board will allow the hospitals to leverage greater size and scale to improve efficiencies.

The new regional board does not replace the local board in each medical center's home community. Each site continues to have a board, to ensure community input and control over local health care delivery.