Campaign aims to advance UnityPoint Health Birthing Center

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY - Callie Williams, DNP Pediatrics, ARNP, checks on newborn Cameron Ray recently in the UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown Birthing Center.

“Providing a safe and welcoming environment for birthing is one of the most important services a local hospital offers,” UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Foundation board member and past president Kathy McCune said. “Families value the opportunity to choose local when it comes to birthing for many reasons including quality of care, convenience, and family history.”

That is why the UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Foundation has embarked on a fundraising initiative to purchase state-of-the art equipment at the Birthing Center. Gifts to the campaign will support the hospital’s efforts to replace aging equipment and expand services for babies born as early as 34 weeks.

With nearly $70,000 raised so far, the foundation will impact the hospital’s goal of advancing birthing and women’s care locally. Hospital officials are doing their part to assist the campaign too.

Recently they announced the hiring of Dr. MaryBeth Anderson.

“We are excited Dr. MaryBeth Anderson joined the UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Women’s Care Clinic and Birthing Center on Jan. 28,” Wendy Soltero, foundation board president said. “And this is the perfect time for the foundation to launch the public phase of our special Birthing Center Campaign.”

Jenni Friedly, President of UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown, is excited to welcome Anderson.

“Anderson’s experience and knowledge as an Obstetrics and Gynecology physician will continue to move us in the right direction,” Friedly said. “Continuing to build our women’s health expertise is a top priority and Anderson is a great addition to this provider team. Our entire team is thrilled to have Anderson joining this practice.”

In August last year, hospital officials hired Dr. Pankaj Nagaraj and Callie Williams, DNP Pediatrics, ARNP to serve in the Birthing Center.

They will provide neonatal and pediatric services to patients seen in its Newborn Nursery and Pediatric Department. 

Both are experienced practitioners who brings years of service to the hospital.

Dr. Nagaraj is a board certified Neonatologist. He completed Masters in Public Health at the University of North Texas in Fort Worth, his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Austin and completed a fellowship in Neonatal/Perinatal at Georgetown in Washington D.C.

Williams is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Doctorate of Pediatric Nursing Practice and is a Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse.

To make a gift to the Birthing Center Campaign or to learn more, visit or telephone the Foundation at 641-754-5005.

The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting quality healthcare in our local communities.