- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A health care company plans to build a $120 million hospital in Cedar Falls to replace the 101-year-old Sartori Memorial Hospital.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are in discussions about the firm’s acquisition of the school-owned land on which the planned hospital would be built. The hospital could begin admitting patients in 2019, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1P68Vfj ) reported.

“My priority is to replace Sartori Hospital with a brand new facility … provided I get final approval from my board of directors,” said Wheaton’s president, Jack Dusenbery. “I have talked to the city and UNI and many others throughout the course of many months,” and received a positive response.

“I’m committed to the future of Cedar Falls,” he said.

Michael Hager, UNI senior vice president of administration, confirmed the two entities are in talks over 50 acres of property. Any transaction would need the approval of the school’s Board of Regents.

Wheaton operates Sartori, Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo and Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. While the Sartori facility has undergone extensive improvements over several decades since being built in 1914, “you can only do so much,” Dusenbery said.

“Our plan is to provide every service that Sartori has - and it will be better, newer and nice,” he said.

Cedar Falls City Administrator Dick McAlister said the future use of the existing Sartori building is undetermined. The city owns the site and would have final say over its future use.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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