UnityPoint Health, until recently known as Iowa Health, is making its biggest reach so far outside of its home state.
Meriter Health Services, Madison, Wis., agreed to become an affiliate of the West Des Moines-based system. Meriter includes a 301-bed hospital and for-profit Physicians Plus Insurance Corp.
“We were fortunate to find in Meriter an integrated health system that could also offer an HMO to our network,” UnityPoint President and CEO Bill Leaver said in a news release. “We see Physicians Plus growing in strength and geographic market coverage over time.”