Skiff Medical Center will retain ownership of the rural medical clinics it operates in Monroe and Baxter and lease the facilities to NewCare under agreements still being negotiated, Skiff's CEO said.
NewCare, a subsidiary of Red Rock Health Ventures of Pella, will take over management of the Skiff clinics in Monroe, Baxter and Colfax later this month under a new strategic plan announced by the hospital earlier this month.
The Colfax clinic operated by Skiff is owned by the Colfax Investment Company. NewCare will assume Skiff's lease for the property.
Skiff Medical Center CEO Steve Long said the lease agreements for the Baxter and Monroe properties will be based on the rate the Newton hospital pays for its Colfax clinic, with adjustments for the age and condition of the properties.
Long also said that he also expects NewCare will purchase the properties owned by Skiff sometime in the future.
"It is likely that NewCare will wish to purchase these facilities in the near future, though this is likely a few years down the road," he said.
Skiff's clinic employees have been offered positions with NewCare and will transition to the organization effective April 29.
NewCare also plans to open a new specialty clinic in Newton at the former Maytag product development building. The site currently houses Grace church, but the congregation is moving to the former Aces Teen Center.