The Beginning

A Century of Local, Convenient Care

Floyd Valley Healthcare has a storied history in Le Mars and Plymouth County, keeping families healthy and safe for 100 years. 

The Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque began construction of Sacred Heart Hospital in 1921. The $350,000 project (including the equipment) was completed, and the five-story hospital opened in 1923. After forty-three years of dedicated service, the order turned over Sacred Heart Hospital to the City of Le Mars when it was renamed Floyd Valley Hospital.

In 1972, the community embarked on a capital campaign to build a new hospital, and four years later in 1976, the hospital relocated to its current location, funded partially with $1.5 million in pledges from the residents of the service area. 

Since its original structure was built, the hospital has self-funded a $4 million expansion in 1994 and another $4 million expansion in 2004. The current expansion project has been funded with local and federal funds in addition to only the second capital campaign in hospital history.

In 1991, the public health program merged with the hospital to form Floyd Valley Community Health. This department still serves Plymouth County’s needs for public health services, but also offers community health, home health, homemaker services and the Healthy Families program. Homecare services help those wishing to stay in their home receive personal care and rehabilitation therapy.

In 1998, Park Place Estates, a two-story, 30-unit assisted living facility opened on the Floyd Valley Healthcare campus and was the first assisted living setting built in Plymouth County. Residents receive assistance with activities of daily living in a home-like environment with many amenities. 

In 2003, Floyd Valley Hospital partnered with Avera Home Medical Equipment, LLC, of South Dakota to provide a local outlet to provide durable medical supplies in Le Mars. Avera Home Medical Equipment of Floyd Valley opened the first storefront in the lower level of the hospital before moving to the clinic building and then to the current expanded location on Highway 75.

In 2009, the hospital completed an asset purchase agreement and acquired Medical Associates, P.C., a family medicine practice based in Le Mars and Remsen. Now named Floyd Valley Clinics, twelve family medicine providers see patients from prenatal to end-of-life care in clinics located in Le Mars, Marcus and Remsen. Floyd Valley Clinics is a nationally recognized patient-centered medical home. 

In 2014, Floyd Valley started the largest of three recent additions. The north addition project, with a projected price tag of $27.4 million, was designed to streamline and enhance services for patients. This project added a 23,000-square-foot lower level north of the existing building. The lower level (West Entrance) houses the Business Office, Gift Shop and Floyd Valley Clinics, including the family medicine providers, general surgeons, along with outpatient lab services. The nearly 18,000-square-foot upper level houses the Surgery Center and the Administrative Offices. 

Aerial view of the campus
Aerial View of Floyd Valley Campus

A project unique to a critical access hospital, the construction significantly expanded the Radiology Department as a result of a $2.6 million capital campaign, which relocated the MRI machine inside the building. 

In 2014, the $27.4 million North Addition project began, including the creation of the West Entrance, family medicine clinic, surgery center, administrative office and auxiliary Gift Shop. At the conclusion, the former Medical Associates building was demolished, making room for additional parking. In 2016, a remodel and expansion of the Radiology Department was completed, including an internal MRI.

On January 1, 2016, a new name and logo was announced – Floyd Valley Healthcare – as the facility continues to evolve to meet community needs, expanding service lines to keep care local, convenient and provide quality healthcare for the future.

The North Addition was added on to the building with completion in 2023. The lower level of this addition houses the visiting specialists with the upper level housing an expansion of Floyd Valley Therapies. In this space, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies and their treatment areas including the gym, feeding clinic and sensory rooms have been relocated into one central location.

Floyd Valley Healthcare has had a rich history of serving the healthcare needs of people in Le Mars, Iowa, and the surrounding communities. Floyd Valley Healthcare is licensed by the State of Iowa, affiliated with the Avera System of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is a member of the Iowa and American Hospital Associations.