There is some apprehension among members of the Keokuk City Council when it comes to supporting the local hospital.
Keokuk Area Hospital continues to face an uncertain future due to its financial instability.
The hospital says it is reimbursed about 75% of the money spent on care and services. That is due to a number of factors, including a large number of low income clients and the formula for state and/or federal reimbursements.
The ball is in Lee County’s court when it comes to the future of a proposed sports complex in western Fort Madison.
The $3.4-million project calls for the construction of three soccer/football fields and three baseball/softball diamonds near Fort Madison Community Hospital. Some of the land is being donated for the complex while the rest is being leased.
Public and private donations have crossed the $2.4-million mark. That includes $500,000 over the next two years from the city of Fort Madison.
Lee County is showing support for Keokuk Area Hospital as the Board of Supervisors has pledged $100,000 to the financially-strapped hospital.
There is one condition with the contribution. It must be matched or even exceeded by the Keokuk City Council.
Keokuk Area Hospital CEO Wally Winkler says the city and county are being asked for support the hospital in the hopes of receiving additional state funding. He says there is money available to help hospitals, like Keokuk, that receive inadequate reimbursements for services.