A unique team dedicated to improving the lives of all Central Iowans
Iowa Health - Des Moines and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) share a common bond: both are leaders in their field, committed to helping people and dedicated to public service. That collaboration produces powerful results.
Iowa Health - Des Moines, which includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Blank Children's Hospital, Methodist West Hospital, John Stoddard Cancer Center and more than 45 physician clinics throughout Central Iowa, touches the lives of tens of thousands of people and provides millions of dollars in value to community healthcare.
DMACC is Iowa's largest college, with more than 70,000 credit and non credit students on six campuses - three in metro Des Moines and in Carroll, Boone and Newton as well as three learning centers in south Des Moines, Ames, Perry and Newton. Students can earn a liberal arts degree and move on to a four-year institution, or they can choose from more than 130 career and technical programs.
Iowa Health - Des Moines plays an important role at DMACC, helping to educate and train the best and brightest healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to care for patients at Iowa Health hospitals and clinics.
Here are some of the higher-profile examples of the Iowa Health and DMACC partnership:
- A new, state-of-the-art health sciences building recently opened on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. The teaching facility, named Iowa Health - Des Moines Health Sciences Building after its largest private donor, offers 58,000 square feet of classrooms, ultra-modern labs including an EMS (Emergency Medical Service) lab with a real ambulance embedded into the building, and other medical lab simulation areas.
- DMACC educates and trains healthcare workers in 19 degree programs including nursing, health information technology and EMS. Last year more than 700 students received their clinical experience at Iowa Health facilities.
- Iowa Health - Des Moines set up a $175,000 scholarship program for students interested in entering the healthcare field. So far, 25 students have been awarded Iowa Health scholarships and more will receive assistance this year.
- To ease overcrowding on the DMACC Urban/Des Moines Campus, health science classes have moved into the newly completed classroom and lab space in the Iowa Building, near the Iowa State Capitol.
- The building formerly served as a hospital. Thanks to a generous $100,000 grant from Iowa Health - Des Moines, the facility was renovated and equipped to serve DMACC students in a lifelike healthcare setting.
- DMACC annually participates in Blank Children's Hospital's, Festival of Trees and Lights event that takes place at the Des Moines Convention Center in downtown Des Moines. An important fundraiser for Blank Children's Child Life program, the Festival of Trees and Lights kicks off the Christmas season in Central Iowa with a beautiful display of trees and holiday festivities.
- DMACC and Iowa Health - Des Moines partnered this year on a Central Iowa coat drive, where new and gently used coats were collected at each of the hospitals and on DMACC campuses. More than 700 coats were delivered to human service organizations throughout Central Iowa.