SUZANNEMessage from the CEO

On behalf of the Decatur County Hospital’s (DCH) Board of Trustees, medical staff, volunteers, and employees, I welcome you to our website and hope you find it to be helpful and informative. DCH is a not-for-profit critical access hospital located in Leon, Iowa and is an affiliate of Mercy Health Network – Central Iowa, Des Moines.

As you explore our website, you will find a variety of information about our services, healthcare providers, and organizational news and events. If you are on social media, the hospital has a Facebook page where you can get more information about our services and receive timely notifications.

At DCH our desire is to treat you with the utmost care and compassion as an individual. We are committed to delivering healthcare that meets, and even exceeds, your expectations with a “hometown” touch. We aspire to provide the safest and highest quality healthcare by incorporating patient safety and quality into every aspect of our everyday processes.

As one of Decatur County’s largest employers, we are an organization that feels strongly about giving back to the community where we all live and work. We strive to be your first choice in healthcare for Decatur County and surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact us anytime with any specific questions or concerns you might have by using the “contact us” link on this site or emailing me at

Wishing you the best of health,
Suzanne L. Cooner
Chief Executive Officer

Latest News

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EMS Provider Obtains Paramedic Certification

Jake Jacobs has served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with Decatur County Hospital since 2014. Recently, Jake completed a Paramedic course through Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa; and successfully passed his National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive and psychomotor examinations to obtain his Paramedic certification, all while continuing his full-time employment… Read more »


Eugene Yoder, ARNP, starts full-time at DCH

Decatur County Hospital is pleased to announce that as of Monday, July 13, Eugene Yoder, ARNP, became a full-time advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) in the Emergency Department. Eugene received his Masters of Nursing (MSN) from Graceland University in December of 2012, and is also Board Certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Eugene… Read more »


Elise Dale is the Recipient of the DCH Auxiliary Scholarship

Congratulations to Elise Dale for receiving the Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship this year! Pictured with Elise are Auxiliary members Shirley Hill, Jane Fleming, and Sharon South. Elise will be entering her senior year at Grand View University for her BSN (Bachelors of Nursing) degree and also works PRN as a CNA at Decatur County… Read more »