Marion County Ranks 23rd for Health Care Access

PELLA, Iowa— The U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, released the fourth annual Healthiest Communities rankings in which Marion County ranked 23rd among all communities for health care access in the nation. Pella Regional Health Center serves Marion County and is grateful for Marion County to be ranked in the top 25 for access to health care.

Marion County’s strengths were access to primary care providers and specialty services and adequate hospital beds. Only 4% of county residents are uninsured compared to the more than 10% nationwide. It is also notable that overall, counties in Iowa were most heavily represented in the top 500, with 62 counties in the state making the list.

The Healthiest Communities rankings and accompanying analysis are based on an evaluation of approximately 3,000 communities nationwide across 84 health and health-related metrics in 10 categories, from Education and Population Health to Infrastructure and Environment. The project serves as a tool to inform residents, community health leaders and elected officials about policies and best practices for better health outcomes by assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life.