Quality Healthcare

Our Healthcare in Lyon County is first class!

Future home of Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Avera. Opening 2019.

Construction has begun on the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Avera in Rock Rapids

Residents of Lyon County, Iowa have access to a first class health care system. Virtually every medical specialty is represented. The growing reputation for leading-edge medical research and support services, as well as excellent health care service, draws businesses, researchers, teachers, physicians and patients from throughout the region.

MPCH Avera – the next phase in quality healthcare

Building Dreams, Building Together and Building Here is the capital campaign theme for the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital (MPCH) drive for a new $28 million medical center in Rock Rapids to serve Lyon County and surrounding communities. Construction began on the project in August 2017 with completion of the medical center slated for spring of 2019. Partnering with MPCH on this new hospital and clinic project is Avera Health Systems of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with its wealth of experience and expertise in providing superior faith-based and family-oriented healthcare.

Groundbreaking for Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Avera in Rock Rapids

The MPCH Board kicks off construction August 18, 2017 at the groundbreaking.

The state-of-the-art 52,000 square foot Merrill PioneerMedical Center Avera will feature in-patient and out-patient services, a clinic, pharmacy, rehabilitation, surgery, lab and imaging – all with care for patients and families at the center. The MPCH clinic in George will also become MPCH Avera in 2019.

Sanford Merrill Medical Center Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa is home to Sanford Merrill Medical Center, known for its personal care.  A member of Sanford Health, Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids is proud to keep quality healthcare close to home for residents of the Lyon County area.  Striving to offer exceptional and quality care, Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids simply is a place where neighbors care for neighbors.

Sanford Merrill Medical Center, Rock Rapids

Sanford Merrill Medical Center, Rock Rapids

Sanford Merrill Medical Center provides access to new high-tech equipment and cutting edge technology. Keeping 
up-to-date on new medical procedures helps in the recruitment of additional primary care and specialty physicians, as well as in helping to provide additional training for medical staff.  The Center also provides advanced medical care with well-trained teams of health care professionals representing a variety of specialties including the latest in diagnostic and surgical techniques.

Within Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids is four components: Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids (Hospital), Sanford Clinic Rock Rapids, Sanford Clinic George and Sanford Fitness Center Rock Rapids.

Sanford Medical Center

Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids, through the efforts of its dedicated employees and physicians, provides high-quality, affordable and compassionate health care for the people in Lyon County and surrounding areas.  The 25-bed, not-for-profit, full-service hospital offers professional staff trained in the latest protocols for medical, surgical, obstetrical and pediatric care, as well as a highly trained emergency staff available 24 hours a day.

The hospital features therapy programs including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.  Laboratory and X-ray services are available 24 hours a day with staff serving both the hospital and the attached clinic.  The Physician Specialty Clinic offers outreach physicians specializing in cardiology, ears, nose and throat, OB/gynecology, podiatry, urology, orthopedics, basic foot care and surgery.

Sanford Clinics

Sanford Clinic Rock Rapids has offices for four providers and has 12 examination rooms to provide medical services.  The center employs two family practice physicians and two physician assistants.  The center also has a satellite clinic in George.

Clinic hours at the Rock Rapids office are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with convenience clinic hours Monday 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon.  George office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Sanford Fitness Center

Sanford Medical Center Rock Rapids is dedicated to health and wellness for all ages of the entire community. With this goal in mind, the organization opened the Sanford Fitness Center Rock Rapids (formerly known as the Pioneer Fitness Center) for community use in March 1999.

Equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, Stairmaster, EFXs, Nu-steps, a variety of weight machines (machines for leg extensions and curls, back extension, tri and bicep extensions and a chin dip), free weights, exercise balls and AB rollers.

Sanford Fitness Center Rock Rapids offers a variety of programs:

  • Circuit training – a 35-minute mixer of cardiovascular and weight exercise.
  • Fit and Fun – a kids program where children ages 3-9 learn fun exercise and activities.
  • SAFE – a program for ages 10-14 to learn the proper techniques to use on weight machines and other exercise equipment.
  • Individual Programs – Exercise specialist with a masters degree will design (at no extra cost) an exercise program to specifically meet your needs. An exercise specialist or a trained fitness assistant is on duty at all times to help meet your needs and to offer one-on-one training and help you with your exercise needs.