Our commitment to you

With a variety of services all under one roof, BCHC is your home for health. We're committed to providing you and your family convenience that you want, the services that you need, and the care you deserve.

For life's after-hour accidents & illnesses

Urgent Care is open at BCHC. Open M-F from 5:30-8:30pm and Sat.-Sun. from 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed on holidays.

At BCHC, your health is our primary care.

Now Accepting New Patients! Schedule an appointment by calling 334-2541.

Locally offered expert care

BCHC is your home for surgical care. With a newly renovated pre & post-operative wing, you can expect an enhanced surgical experience with comfort and privacy.

Coming January 2020

BCHC is partnering with UnityPoint Health to bring a new family practice clinic to the growing community of Jesup. BCHC Jesup Family Medicine will open in January of 2020.

Here for Wellness

Our newly renovated Wellness Center features new cardio and strength equipment, family friendly services, including a Kid Gym, new studio space, added fitness classes, and more helping you and your family adopt a lifestyle of living well through physical activity.

Emergency Services

When it comes to emergencies, 24/7 expert care is here for you when it matters most. Our trauma certified providers are among the same emergency providers you would find at St. Luke’s only closer to home.


Latest Health & Medical News

Keeping up-to-date with the most recent news in health care is important today.

That’s why we are always providing updated news items. Please browse the categories below to stay abreast of what’s going on at Buchanan County Health Center and in the world of health care.

Lexington Estate to host Poker Walk

Lexington Estate of BCHC is excited to partner with the Independence Celebrations Committee to host the annual ‘Poker Walk’ during the Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 3rd.

The Poker Walk, led by Lexington Estate of BCHC, will begin at 5:00pm at the Rotary Shelter in Riverwalk Parks.  Each participant will walk two miles, receiving [...]

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Buchanan County Health Center to Open Family Medicine Clinic in Jesup

Buchanan County Health Center (BCHC) is pleased to announce its plans to open a new family practice office in Jesup at the beginning of 2020.  BCHC Jesup Family Medicine will break ground in the early summer along South Street West, across from the new Dollar General Store.

This 4,525 square foot medical building will provide [...]

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Unite. Build. Feed. BCHC Partners with Area Hospitals for Food Drive Competition


Regional Medical Center, UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center, and Buchanan County Health Center will UNITE. BUILD. FEED. our communities with a food drive contest!

Food Drive Contest April 26-May 23, 2019 4/26 – Contest kick off! Employee/teams buy food and build a creative food structure. 5/24 – CEOs pick 1 [...]

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BCHC Welcomes Karla Solheim, MD to the OB/GYN Specialty Clinic

Buchanan County Health Center is pleased to welcome Karla Solheim, MD, to the OB/GYN Specialty Clinic.  Dr. Solheim will visit BCHC from UnityPoint Clinic OB/GYN on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning May 8.

Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Solheim attended medical school at the University of California and completed her [...]

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Buchanan County Health Center Receives $130,000 Gift from the Estate of Hubert & Mildred (Millie) Freeman

Buchanan County Health Center (BCHC) is honored to be among the recipients of an over $134,000 gift from the estate of Hubert and Mildred (Millie) Freeman.

Lifelong residents of Buchanan County, Hubert and Millie (Wilson) Freeman were active business leaders in the Independence community, owning and operating Freeman’s Sporting Goods from the late 1950’s to [...]

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BCHC House for Bid – Bidding Information

Please CLICK HERE to read more about the BCHC house purchase request for bidding rules and requirements.

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BCHC Expands Local Access to Specialty Services by – Welcoming Spencer Kleitsch, ARNP to the Allergy & ENT Clinics

Buchanan County Health Center is pleased to welcome Spencer Kleitsch, ARNP, to the rotating group of specialists from Cedar Valley Centers for ENT, Sinus & Allergy, Skin Cancer, and Facial Plastics.  The addition of Spencer will allow for increased coverage and appointment availability in the Allergy & ENT specialty clinic.

Certified by the American Board [...]

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Volunteer Health Insurance Counselors Needed for Buchanan County Residents – SHIIP Program to begin at Buchanan County Health Center

For many Iowans, understanding Medicare and related health insurance can be confusing and overwhelming. Where do I start? What are my options? Am I making the right decision? What will it cost me?  Is there help if I can’t afford my insurance? If I’m still working do I have to sign up for Medicare?

Trained [...]

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BCHC Doctors’ Day Recognition


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BCHC March Spotlight Series: Living With & Treating Hip & Knee Pain Free Seminar to be held at the Independence Public Library

On Monday, April 1st from 6-7pm, orthopedic surgeon, Benjamin Torrez, DO, MPH from Cedar Valley Medical Specialists will provide a free, educational seminar in the Community Room of the Independence Public Library.  Sponsored by Buchanan County Health Center, this seminar is free to the public and requires no advanced registration.

During this free seminar, attendees [...]

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BCHC Welcomes Occupational Therapy Assistant to the Therapy & Rehabilitation Department – Expanding Local Access to Pediatric Occupational Therapy

BCHC is pleased to welcome Shannon Lake, OTA to the Therapy & Rehabilitation Department.  Shannon joins Sara Elledge, OTR/L in providing occupational therapy services to patients of all ages living in Buchanan County and surrounding areas.  Shannon comes to BCHC with six years of experience as an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) in various settings, most [...]

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March 6th is Lymphedema Awareness Day

What exactly is lymphedema? Lymphedema or “Chronic swelling” is the accumulation of a particular kind of fluid (lymph), typically in one part of the body.


What is the lymphatic system: Our lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes, lymph fluid, and lymphatic vessels. The purpose of the lymphatic system is to maintain the [...]

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