Hospital to Build, Enlarge Childcare Centers for Employees’ Children

Dec. 10, 2021, West Burlington, Iowa – In 2022, Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center
will build a childcare center on its Fort Madison campus and enlarge the existing facility
in West Burlington. Kid Zone is for children of hospital employees.
“Providing a high-quality, convenient childcare center is a priority on both Southeast
Iowa Regional Medical Center campuses,” said Matt Wenzel, president and CEO, Great
River Health, the hospital’s parent company. “The West Burlington Kid Zone was built in
response to employee requests. Besides benefitting our existing employees, having our
own childcare center helps in the recruitment of future employees and physicians.”
The 5,600 square-foot West Burlington Kid Zone opened in 2006. It is licensed for 89
children. The same blueprint will be used for the Fort Madison facility. It will be the first
new structure built on the campus since the 2011 addition of the Outpatient
Rehabilitation Services Center.
A 3,381 square-foot addition to Kid Zone in West Burlington will increase capacity to
139 children.
The total cost of the project will be $2.5 million. The $1.7 million new childcare center in
Fort Madison will be funded by the Great River Health Foundation, formerly the FMCH
Foundation. The foundation was created in 1995 to fund special projects. Money
donated to the foundation before July 1, 2021, is dedicated for use on the Fort Madison
campus.
“We are grateful to the foundation for funding Kid Zone in Fort Madison,” Wenzel said.
Kid Zone is the only childcare center in southeast Iowa to hold a top five-star rating from
the Iowa Department of Human Services’ Quality Rating System (QRS). The five-star
rating indicates Kid Zone has made significant steps in meeting key indicators of quality
in:
• Environment
• Family and community partnership
• Health and safety
• Leadership and administration
• Professional development