Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Fort Madison - Frontier of Commerce for 200 years

First a lonely frontier trading post and garrison, now a strong bustling community of 11,000 citizens who are dedicated to keeping the revered tradition of Fort Madison as a warm wonderful American hometown along with a bold, new dedication to its historical reputation as a center for business, commerce and industry.

On the bend of the Mississippi River in eastern Lee County, Fort Madison is a key stop for all major transportation systems; road, rail and water.

Recreation & Environment
With a multitude of beautiful parks, sports fields and complexes, walking and biking trails, beautiful riverfront with quality boat access and marina, Fort Madison offers everything by way of quality recreation one could hope for. Or look for the unique in the go-cart tracks and in-line skating course. Glorious scenery, challenging and beautiful golf courses and even a championship rodeo are enjoyed in Fort Madison.

For a complete listing of amenities offered in Fort Madison, visit the Fort Madison Park Department's site.

Entertainment & Interests
Fort Madison is home to many year-round attractions as well as many seasonal events and annual festivals. For a complete listing, click here.

Business and Industry
From a historic main street full of unique stores and professional services to such corporate names as DuPont, Scott's Miracle Gro, Seimens Wind Energy and the Pennacle Food Gropu, Fort Madison has a strong dedication to continued business and industry growth.

Two top-notch school systems, the Fort Madison Public School system and the Holy Trinity Catholic School system provide the best in quality education, athletics and the arts for Fort Madison's younger generations. Recently, Holy Trinity was named one of the Top 50 schools in the State of Iowa for Advanced Placement programs (AP). Advanced Placement courses are available to students, so that they may earn college credit during high school.

Watch a video about Fort Madison Community High School, created by local businessman and videographer, Kumar Wickramamsingha:

Security & Public Safety
The Fort Madison Police Department has eight sworn officer and nine civilian staff members. A reserve unit was established in May 1997 to assist the police department and currently numbers 14 members.

The Fort Madison Fire Department was established in 1873, manned completely by volunteers. Equipment was limited to one steam fire engine and a hook and ladder truck. As the city grew in the early 1990s, paid personnel supplemented the volunteers. Motorized equipment, municipal water lines with hydrants and more sophisticated alarm systems improved fire response.

Today, 19 paid professionals staff three rescue pumpers and one aerial truck with a total pumping capacity of 6,250 gallons per minute. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) reviews local factors such as response time, water availability, and staffing levels to establish a ranking for every community. On a scale of 1 as highest, to 10 as lowest, Fort Madison boasts a number 4 rating.

The department currently honors ten mutual aid agreements with nearby communities and volunteer departments. Fort Madison is under contract to provide services to the Iowa State Penitentiary and prison farm facilities.

Health Care & Human Services
Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) is an accredited, fully equipped 50-bed facility. Built on a 20-acre site at the west end of Fort Madison, it is situated near the junction of Highways 2 and 61, providing easy access for all area residents. FMCH employs more than 400 people.

A modern, one-story facility, the hospital was designed using the "medical mall" concept, with everything contained on one level. Constructed in 1986, it was built to replace an 80-year old structure on Avenue H, the former Sacred Heart Hospital, which was operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis.

When the current FMCH facility was built, it included more than 58,000 square feet. Since then, several remodeling projects and additions have been completed to keep the hospital up-to-date with changing healthcare trends and patient needs.

Today, Fort Madison Community Hospital provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services including Rehabilitation Services, comprehensive Radiology and Diagnostic Testing, Wound Healing Center, The BirthPlace, The Women's Center, Fort Madison Physicians & Surgeons clinic, Surgery, Oncology, and Specialty Clinics.

FMCH is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital has received a national award for "Exceeding Patient Expectations" four years in a row. In addition, FMCH was named a 100 Top Hospital by Solucient for the last 10 years. For more about this award winning hospital, click here.

Fort Madison has one public library which is located at 1920 Avenue E. The library has Wireless Internet access; conference room facilities; slide projectors; screens; and overhead projectors are available for rent. The Library serves patrons within a twenty-mile radius. The library can also access materials that are available through the State of Iowa Libraries program and a nationwide network. www.fortmadison.lib.ia.us

There is an autonomous nine-member board, including a voting member from the county that governs the library. The city does provide funding for the library. There is also a voluntary group, Friends of the Library, which annually holds a book sale to raise money for the library. The profit of the sale has been used to fund computers, printers, and microfilm equipment.

Fort Madison has a mayor/council form of government and operates by the general laws of a municipal corporation. A Councilperson is elected from each of five voting wards and two are elected at-large for a total seven members. The Mayor is a part-time position, while the City Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations.

For additional information on the City of Fort Madison, contact:
City of Fort Madison
City Hall
P.O. Box 240
811 Ave. E
Fort Madison, IA 52627
Phone: (319) 372-7700