MCHC Construction is Coming to an End!

MCHC Construction is Coming to an End!

Albia, IA: March 4, 2021 – Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) construction project is coming to a close. What does that mean? Soon, MCHC will be opening its NEW main lobby located on the North side of the building! What else does that mean? Several changes will be occurring beginning Monday, March 15, 2021.

Effective Monday, March 15, 2021, patients, and visitors will be encouraged to park in the North parking lot as well as utilize the NEW main lobby located on the North side of the building. Although MCHC is encouraging most patients and visitors to utilize this route, some patients and visitors will still utilize pre-existing entrances. Please read the following very carefully to know where you will park and what entrance you will utilize beginning Monday, March 15, 2021:

NEW Main Lobby (North parking lot)

  • Medical Clinic
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Infusion Center
  • Lab
  • Med-Surg

East 1 Canopy Entrance (East parking lot)

  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Rehab Services

Emergency Room Entrance (West parking lot)

  • Emergency Services

MCHC employees will be helping guide patients and visitors to the correct location. It is completely understandable if someone needs help. This is a process change and will take some time getting used to.

The entire MCHC staff is ecstatic about construction coming to an end, and even more thrilled to share the new spaces with patients, visitors, and the community. A grand opening celebration will be scheduled at a later date.

As a reminder, restrictions are still in place at MCHC. Those restrictions include:


All patients and visitors must follow these guidelines:

  • Must pass screening guidelines at designated entrances.
  • Are required to wear a face mask while in the building, regardless of symptoms. A face covering (cloth or procedure type) must be worn over the mouth and nose following CDC recommendations.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older. Exceptions may be permitted in case of a patient imminently dying.
  • Perform frequent hand hygiene (wash hands with soap and water frequently; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not an option).
  • The visitor should go directly to the patient’s room and leave directly from the patient’s room after visitation is complete. The visitor will be prohibited from going to other areas of the hospital & clinics including the cafeteria, gift shop, etc.
  • All visitors will be directed to refrain from physical contact or touching items at the bedside due to the potential of transmission of a virus in either direction.
  • The cafeteria and gift shop remain closed at this time.
  • Dietary service is available to visitors visiting patients. Service will be delivered directly to the patient room.

Sick or At-Risk Persons Accompanying Patients Are Not Permitted

No person is allowed to accompany the patient if they have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) or other risk factors (travel to endemic area, exposure to confirmed COVID-19 person(s) in past 14 days, pregnant, other).


About Monroe County Hospital & Clinics

Established in 1951, Monroe County Hospital & Clinics (MCHC) is a trusted provider of high quality, local health care to the residents of Monroe County, IA and surrounding counties. Our highest mission is a promise to create an excellent health care experience. We believe it must be our number one priority to ensure the personal safety and security of each customer and employee. Our full-service, primary care hospital offers an array of inpatient and outpatient health services including surgical, clinical, specialty, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, emergency, sleep studies, pain management services and much more. Visit for more information.