Spencer Hospital is a 99-bed hospital with an 8-bed ICU and 18-bed inpatient mental health unit. They have about 265 births per year and the ER is staffed by emergency medicine physicians. The hospital opened the Abben Cancer Center in 1997 to provide radiation treatments to cancer patients. The hospital opened their Warner Dialysis Center in 1994 and another dialysis unit in nearby Spirit Lake, Iowa in July of 2002. Spencer Hospital medical staff includes: 10 family practice physicians, 5 general surgeons, 4 orthopedic surgeons, 2 ophthalmologists, 2 urologists, 1 ENT, 1 radiation oncologist, 2 radiologists, 2 pathologists, 3 emergency medicine physicians, 1 oral surgeon, 1 plastics and reconstructive surgeon, 2 psychiatrists, 1 podiatrist, and 1 dermatologist.
The hospital has an electronic medical record and is a filmless environment for diagnostic imaging. The hospital recently constructed a new surgery center, along with 40 new inpatient rooms. In addition, a new ICU will be constructed in 2008.
Spencer offers five K-6 elementary schools. Three elementary schools are public, one is Catholic and one is Lutheran. There is one public junior high for 7th and 8th graders and one public high school.
Spencer, Iowa has a shopping area downtown and also has an enclosed shopping mall with 27 retail stores and various professional services. The Spencer Family YMCA has 2 indoor pools, running track, handball courts, gymnasiums and a Nautilus Center. A new 2 acre outdoor Aquatic Center complex was built in 1997 which offers swimming lessons and water activities to people of all ages. There are two 18-hole golf courses in Spencer. The cultural opportunities include: Arts on Grand, Park Art, the Parker Historical Museum and the Spencer Community Theater. Spencer is only 15 miles south of the lakes region of Okoboji and Spirit Lake, Iowa which offers boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, 7 golf courses and 26 miles of well surfaced bike trails. Our chamber website is http://spenceriowachamber.org