Keokuk County Health Center is a tax-exempt, 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH). It has been providing quality healthcare since our founding in 1954. It is our mission to provide quality and compassionate care. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is to keep our patient’s needs in mind and to keep our staff well trained. We are accredited by the state of Iowa as a level IV Trauma Care Center. We became a CAH in 2001.
KCHC is operated by an elected 7 member board of trustees, who are elected for 6-year terms and meet monthly. The trustees are responsible for everything covering health center operations, including but not limited to the care of the building and grounds, control and supervision of all staff physicians; nurses and other employees.
Visitors to Sigourney will notice right away the people are ‘just naturally friendlier’. Lifelong residents are not uncommon, and often say ‘they have no desire to make a home anywhere else!’ Sigourney is a viable community with residents who strive hard to keep a small-town quality of life while having big city goods, services and amenities available.
Eating out in Sigourney is an eclectic experience. Choose from a chili dog and malt at Walker’s, a hand tossed pizza at George’s, pick something from the large all day breakfast menu at Sigourney Cafe, or stop in at our beloved Copper Lantern – a historically refinished building which offers a full menu, catering, and a room for meetings or social gatherings. If you prefer the familiar taste of well-known chain restaurants, you can always go to The Pizza Ranch, Casey’s Carry-Out Pizza or Subway.
Keokuk County is a rural community of rich farmland, friendly people, and growing businesses. Keokuk County is 580 square miles with a population of approximately 10,500. In the center of Keokuk County, you will find Sigourney, the county seat. Here the county courthouse sits in the middle of the square with its classical revival style architecture featuring a clock tower and cupola. Sigourney is also the home of Keokuk County Health Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital.
Two miles east and two miles north of Sigourney you will find the Belva Deer Recreation Area. This 1,669-acre park has picnic shelters, camping areas, cabin rentals, hiking trails, fishing, hunting, boating ramps, horse trails and a swimming beach. Its 260-acre "no wake" lake draws fishermen from many states.
Three rivers meander through the Keokuk County countryside. The North and South Skunk Rivers flow through the southern portion of the county and the English River runs through the north. The Skunk River gets its name from the translation of its Indian name, Chacauqua, which means skunk. The Chacauqua River Access is located 2 miles south of Sigourney on Highway 149. This 3-acre access has a cement boat ramp into the North Skunk River. Ample parking is available as well as a picnic table for the convenience of the user. Primitive camping is allowed in this area. Fishing the North Skunk provides the angler with opportunities for Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, and Carp. Yenruogis is located two miles north of Sigourney on land that was originally Kaiser Rock Quarry. Yenruogis is managed as a 76-acre multi-use area, so it has a wide variety of facilities and activities to choose from. The central focus of the park is a 10-acre lake. There are three main camping and picnic areas that are equipped with picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. Only primitive camping is allowed at this park. Boats are allowed at this park; however, only electric motors are permitted. Fishing for Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, and Channel Catfish at Yenruogis is a year-round pastime of many county residents.