Health and Emergency


201 8 Ave. SE, Oelwein, IA 50662

Administrator: Jill Groth

MercyOne Clinic, Oelwein: 319-283-6153

(39 beds long-term living) 319-283-6150

Established in 1926, Mercy Hospital has been a part of the Oelwein community for nearly 100 years. With over 140 employees, it boasts 25 beds for medical/surgical acute and skilled care and 39 beds for long-term and skilled nursing care. MercyOne also provides a broad scope of outpatient services to residents living in the Oelwein and surrounding communities.

Ambulance Service
A Hospital-based Ambulance Service is authorized by the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Service as a 24/7 Paramedic Level Service responding to approximately 1,400 ambulance requests per year. It is also an affiliate member of the Iowa Emergency Services Association.

In addition to MercyOne Medical Center, three family medicine clinics, three nursing homes, an assisted living facility, three drug stores, a wellness center for all ages, five dentists, three optometrists, two chiropractic clinics, an outpatient physical therapy clinic, and several child care facilities provide a solid base for a healthy community.

Additional care is only a short distance away in Waterloo (MercyOne Medical Center and Allen Hospital), the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, or at University Hospitals in Iowa City.





          Buchanan County Health Center Oelwein


BCHC Oelwein Building Crop


2405 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, IA 50662




1600 1st St. E, Independence, IA 50644


Fax: 319.332.0862


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Full-service hospital and clinics with primary care and family medicine locations in Oelwein, Independence and Jesup. 



Oelwein Police Department
501 Rock Island Road
P. O. Box 586
Oelwein, IA 50662
Fax: (319)283-4342



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The Oelwein Police Department is a civil service police agency established to protect and serve the citizens of Oelwein, Iowa, in 1903. The Oelwein Communications Center receives calls for service from the public and other law enforcement and emergency services via the Emergency 911 telephone, business telephone, teletype, and/or by radio.

Officers provide general law enforcement activity such as criminal investigations, traffic safety education and enforcement, and crime prevention patrol as well as specialized areas of law enforcement.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is presented by a uniformed Oelwein Police Officer.

R.A.I.D. (Rural Area Interdiction Detail) is a drug enforcement task force which the Oelwein Police Department is an active part of.

The Oelwein Police keep the peace, investigate and enforce local, state and federal laws; and work with the citizens of Oelwein to keep the community safe and violence free.

For more information, see City of Oelwein website, and


Oelwein Fire Department
200 West Charles
Oelwein, Iowa 50662
FAX: (319)283-4342

Founded in 1893, today the department has a total of twenty-three volunteer firefighters and four career personnel. There is a firefighter on duty at the station twenty-four hours a day for a quicker response to emergency calls. The Oelwein Fire Department is involved with much more than fire fighting. We do many special assignments consisting of lockouts, storm watches, medical, carbon monoxide, confined space rescue, automobile extrication, farm and industrial rescues, unlocking dwellings, and unusual odors.

The Department has three pumper/engines, one 85 foot aerial ladder truck, one 2000 gallon tanker, one heavy rescue, and one brush truck.

The two main fund raisers hosted every year are the Fathers Day Omelet breakfast and the spaghetti supper held on Wednesday of Fire Prevention week. The money made from the fund raisers is used to purchase fire and rescue equipment only.

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Hawkeye Chapter
American Red Cross
2530 University Avenue
P.O. Box 1680
Waterloo, IA 50704
Phone 319-234-6831
Fax: 319-234-3668
Toll Free: 1-800-322-9051

Alan McKean, Executive Director
Lori Glover, Director, Emergency Services

The Hawkeye Chapter serves Black Hawk, Bremer, Chickasaw, Fayette, Butler and Grundy counties. You can find more information at .

The American Red Cross provides many humanitarian needs to our community, including:

* Disaster services provides free, immediate disaster relief to families  including; food, clothing, shelter and any other necessities in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
* Armed forces emergency services include contacting servicemen/women in the military in the event of a family emergency.
* Health and safety services provides educational classes including swimming lessons, CPR and first aid, lifeguard training and workplace training educating our community with lifesaving skills in case of emergencies.
* Biomedical services include the community blood drives.
* International services provides contact of individuals from oversees with individuals residing in the United States and vice versa.

The Red Cross has several publications that are available free of charge to the community on Preparedness before disasters strikes.

Volunteer opportunities
are available and interested people should contact Alan McKean at 1-800-322-9051.