Since 1939

The Clarinda Municipal Hospital opened its doors to the public on September 12, 1939. In 1964 and 1974 additions were built for a total licensed capacity of 47 beds. In 1977 a Doctor’s Building and clinic were added. Extensive remodeling was accomplished in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s to adapt to changes in medicine and health care.

In 1997 the name of the facility was changed to the Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC), in order to more accurately reflect the function of the facility and the area it serves. The Emergency Department (E.R.) and outreach clinic areas were completely remodeled in the late 1990’s to make the facility more patient friendly and accessible.


In an effort to continue to meet the ongoing health care needs, CRHC knew a larger, updated facility was needed. On January 16th, 2012, Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) announced the opening of its new hospital and clinics located at 220 Essie Davison Drive, on the south edge of Clarinda.

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One rural clinic is operated by CRHC. Located in Villisca, Iowa, the Villisca Family Health Center is staffed five days and one evening per week.

The Villisca Family Health Center opened in 1997. Expansion plans on the clinic were begun in November, 2018 with an expected completion date of October 2019.

In July 2019, CRHC re-opened a clinic in Bedford, Iowa to provide better access to those in the Bedford Community.

Here are some items that were in CRHC’s Time Capsule over the last 80 years.

Initial sketch of the Municipal Hospital

Documentation for new hospital

Building Construction * Winter 1938

Clarinda, Iowa in the late 1930s

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Newspaper from the 1990s