Thursday, May 18, 2017

Iowa Hospitals/Health Systems Contacted

(Updated 2/18/2020)

I continue to read personal testimonies from members of our corn allergy support groups documenting that medical personnel continue to administer dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients in direct violation of the contraindication warning on the package insert.  It is also apparent that too many medical professionals do not understand the critical difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, citric acid and corn-derived citric acid, ascorbic acid and corn-derived ascorbic acid, etc.  Anything derived from corn can prove fatal to the anaphylactic corn-allergic patient.  The most heartbreaking testimonies are from parents of corn-allergic infants, many of whom have been diagnosed with "failure to thrive" due to the lack of corn-free infant formulas.  Hospitals have NO alternative safe sources of corn-free nutrition to feed to these struggling babies, and their pediatricians/dietitians cannot offer any assistance to parents of corn-allergic infants. 

In summary, the corn allergy population can consume very few processed foods; and no commercially-processed non-organic meat, poultry, seafood, produce, or fruit due to government-authorized corn-derived acid washes.  Many corn-allergic patients must have their medications compounded to exclude corn; and since tap water may contain corn due to corn-derived purification chemicals, many are forced to purchase other sources of corn-free water.  In addition, it is difficult trying to find a water filtration system that is not manufactured with corn-derived components.

Therefore, the primary message I am sharing with these hospitals/health systems is that it will now be their responsibility to provide corn-free foods, fluids, and medications (compounded to exclude corn-derived ingredients) to corn-allergic patients.  Otherwise, it could be interpreted that hospitals are discriminating against the corn allergy community.

After one of the state hospital associations informed me that it was not their responsibility to contact their member hospitals with our corn allergy awareness message/documentation, and instructed me to contact every hospital within the United States; I have been contacting hospitals/health systems in each state on behalf of the corn-allergic patients.

Adair County Health System, Greenfield, online contact form
Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital, Missouri Valley (see CHI Health)
Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Corning (see CHI Health)
Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs (see CHI Health)
Allen Memorial Hospital/UnityPoint Health, Waterloo, @AllenHospital
American Medical Association, @AmerMedicalAssn
American Red Cross, USA, @RedCross
Ascension, USA, @Ascensionorg
Audubon County Memorial Hospital & Clinics, Audubon, FB message
Avera Health (multi-state), @AveraHealth
Avera Holy Family Health, Estherville (see Avera Health)
Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital, Primghar, online contact form
Belmond Medical Center, Belmond (see Trinity Health)
Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, @blankchildrens
Boone County Hospital, Boone, online contact form
Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, @BroadlawnsMed
Buchanan County Health Center, Independence, @BCHCIowa
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Storm Lake, FB message
Burgess Health Center, Onowa, @BurgessHealth
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Cass County Health System, Atlantic, online contact form
Central Community Hospital, Elkader, FB message
Cherokee Regional Medical Center, online contact form
CHI Health, @CHIhealth
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj 
Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, @CRHC51632
Clarke County Hospital/UnityPoint Health, Osceola, online contact form
Community Memorial Hospital, Sumner (see UnityPoint Health)
Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo (see Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare)
Crawford County Community Hospital, Denison, @ccmh_ia 
Dallas County Hospital, Perry, @DCH_Perry
Davis County Hospital, Bloomfield, online contact form
Decatur County Hospital, Leon, online contact form
Finley Hospital, Dubuque (see UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital)
Floyd County Medical Center, Charles City, online contact form
Floyd Valley Hospital, Le Mars, @FloydValleyHosp
Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, online contact form
Franklin General Hospital, Hampton, online contact form
Genesis Health System, IA/IL, @genesishealth
Grape Community Hospital, Hamburg, FB message
Great River Health Systems, West Burlington, @GreatRiverMed
Greater Regional Medical Center, Creston, online contact form
Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson, online contact form
Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell, @GRMC
Grundy County Memorial Hospital, UnityPoint Health, Grundy Center, @GCMHosp
Gundersen Health System, WI/MN/IA, @gundersenhealth
Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie Center, online contact form
Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg, FB message
Hancock County Memorial Hospital, Britt, @TrustHCHS
Hansen Family Hospital, Iowa Falls, online contact form
Hawarden Community Hospital, Hawarden, Email:
Hegg Memorial Health Center, Rock Valley, @hegghc
Henry County Health Center, Mount Pleasant, online contact form
Horn Memorial Hospital, Ida Grove, FB message
Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, Humboldt, online contact form
Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines (see UnityPoint Health, Des Moines)
Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics (7 locations), @Iowa_Speciality
Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa (see Genesis Health System)
Jefferson County Health Center, Fairfield, Email:
Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs (see Methodist Health System)
Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa (see UnityPoint Health, Jones Regional Medical Center)
Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk (see UnityPoint Health, Keokuk)
Keokuk County Health Center, Sigourney (unable to contact)
Keokuk Health Systems, Keokuk, online contact form
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, Knoxville, @knoxvillehosp
Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona, online contact form
Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake, @LakesReglHealth
Loring Hospital, Sac City, online contact form
Lucas County Health Center, Chariton, @LCHCIA
Madison County Memorial Hospital, Winterset (see The Iowa Clinic)
Mahaska Health Partnership, Oskaloosa, online contact form
Manning Regional Healthcare, Manning, FB message 
Marengo Memorial Hospital, Marengo, @MarengoHospital
Marshalltown Medical & Surgery Center, Marshalltown (see UnityPoint Health, Marshalltown)
Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, @MaryGreeley
Mayo Clinic Health System (multi-state), @MayoClinic + @MayoClinicHS
Mercy Hospital of Franciscan SRS, Oelwein (see Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare)
Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, online contact form
Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, @MercyCR
Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, @Mercy_Clinton
Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, @MercyDesMoines
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, @MercyDubuque
Mercy Medical Center, New Hampton, online contact form
Mercy Medical Center, North Iowa, Mason City, @MercyNorthIowa
Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, @mercysiouxcity
Methodist Health System (multi-state), @MethodistHealth
Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Osage, FB message
Monroe County Hospital & Clinics, Albia, @MCHCAlbia
Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, @mcmhiowa
Mosaic Life Care (multi-state), @Mosaic_LifeCare
Myrtue Medical Center, Harlan, online contact form
Orange City Area Health System Hospital, Orange City, online contact form
Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley (see Avera Health)
Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, online contact form
Palmer Lutheran Health Center, La Crosse (see Gundersen Health System)
Palo Alto County Health System, Emmetsburg, @PACHS_Iowa
Pella Regional Health Center, Pella, @PellaRegional
Physicians' Clinic of Iowa, P.C., Cedar Rapids, online contact form
Pocahontas Community Hospital, Pocahontas, @PocahontasHosp
RCCH HealthCare Partners (13 states), online contact form
Regional Health Services of Howard County, Cresco, online contact form
Regional Medical Center, Manchester (unable to contact)
Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, Email:
Sanford Health, @SanfordHealth
Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, Sheldon (see Sanford Health)
Sartori Memorial Hospital, Cedar Falls (see Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare)
Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport, online contact form
Shenandoah Medical Center, Shenandoah (unable to contact; email returned as undeliverable)  
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center, @SxCenterHealth
Skiff Medical Center, Newton, @skiffmed 
Spencer Hospital, Spencer, Email:
St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Carroll, FB message
St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids (see UnityPoint Health, Cedar Rapids)
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Sioux City (see UnityPoint Health, Sioux City)
Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, Lake City, FB message
Story County Medical Center, Nevada, IA, @storymedical
The Iowa Clinic, Central Iowa, @TheIowaClinic
Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf (see UnityPoint Health)
Trinity Health (21 states), @TrinityHealthMI
Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge (see UnityPoint, Fort Dodge)
Unity HealthCare, Muscatine (see UnityPoint Health)
UnityPoint Health (multi-state), @UnityPointNews
UnityPoint Health, Cedar Rapids, @UnityPointCR
UnityPoint Health, DesMoines, @UnityPointDSM
UnityPoint Health, Finley Hospital, Dubuque, @UnityPointDBQ
UnityPoint Health, Fort Dodge, @UnityPointFD
UnityPoint Health, Jones Regional Medical Center, online contact form
UnityPoint Health, Keokuk, online contact form
UnityPoint Health, Marshalltown, FB message
UnityPoint Health, Quad Cities/Muscatine, @TrinityQC
UnityPoint Health, Sioux City, @UnityPointSC
UnityPoint Health, Waterloo, @AllenHospital
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, @uihealthcare
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, Iowa City, @UIchildrens
VA Central Iowa Health Care System, Des Moines, @VeteransHealth
Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua, online contact form
Van Diest Medical Center, Webster City, @VanDiestMC 
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, @VAIowaCity
Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, @vmhospital
Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics, Vinton, FB message
Washington County Hospital, Washington, FB message
Waverly Health Center, Waverly, @WHCenter
Wayne County Hospital, Corydon, online contact form
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, IA, @WheatonIowa
Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, FB message

Published Corn Allergy Studies/Statistics  (“. . . Maize major allergen . . .”)

Baxter Labs specifically warns about administering dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients.

 "Solutions containing dextrose should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with known allergy to corn or corn products." - Page 3

"Probable anaphylactic reaction to corn-derived dextrose solution."

BCPharmacists, "Warning: corn-related allergens . . ."


“Corn Products and Derivatives List,” Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), 6/6/17

Corn Allergy Statistics (Monthly)

Diane H., Corn Allergy Advocate
Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources


"List of hospitals in Iowa," Wikipedia


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you. I'm sorry for not replying sooner, but I've been busy contacting many state hospitals (just finished West Virginia hospitals today). My heartfelt appreciation for your response!