Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City has earned a place among the nation's best hospitals for clinical excellence.
During the last decade, the Sioux City region's busiest hospital has been the recipient of national honors in several different clinical areas, and is now well known for a long series of progressive medical firsts in the region.
Throughout 2015, Mercy Medical Center is celebrating its 125th year of providing medical care to the residents of Siouxland. Several special events have been held to celebrate this milestone, including a special blood drive, special Mass and celebration with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Bishop Walker Nickless, dedication of a new bronze relief sculpture, and several other activities. Mercy is proud of our Catholic heritage and look forward to providing the area's most comprehensive healthcare services for the next 125 years.
Mercy began the year by partnering with Siouxland Internal Medicine Specialists (SIMS) to provide hospitalist service for inpatients at Mercy. They will work as partners with the patient's physician to provide the highest standard of care from admission to discharge from Mercy Medical Center. The SIMS group is led by Dr. Ashar Luqman and besides being the hospitalists for Mercy, the group will continue to provide Nephrology services to the Siouxland area.
Mercy was one of only 467 hospitals nationwide, to receive the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2015. This honor is based on patient outcomes, which measure how well the hospital safeguards patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.
In April, Mercy moved the first patient into the brand new, expanded and modern Intensive Care Unit. The larger patient rooms more comfortably accommodate patients and their families. The remodel nearly doubled the size of each patient room.
Mercy Home Care received a 4 ½ Star Rating from CMS based on completed quality episodes with end of care assessments from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. The rating was calculated using nine quality measures including timely initiation of care, educating the patient on medications, and improved patient outcomes. All Medicare-certified Home Health Agencies receive a Quality of Patient Care Star Rating. A 4 ½ star-rating puts Mercy Home Care within the top 10% in the nation for Home Health Services.
Mercy Medical Center acquired the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the most advanced robotic surgical system in use today. The new da Vinci Xi System replaces Mercy's da Vinci S system purchased in 2008, the first robotic surgical system in Siouxland. The da Vinci Xi System has broader capabilities than any prior generation of the da Vinci System. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.
Mercy partnered with Stryker Medical, a leading manufacturer of patient care, to outfit their facility with the most advanced technology in wheelchairs. Mercy is the only medical facility in the region to offer the new state-of-the-art wheelchairs.
The new patient designed transport chair alleviates common issues with wheelchairs and sets a new standard in caring for and transporting patients.
In June, Mercy announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Mercy underwent a rigorous onsite review in February 27, 2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. The outcome of the review showed that Mercy has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients.
Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. Mercy is one of only 319 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. This award recognizes Mercy’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Mercy has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
Mercy Medical Center is a recipient of the ACTION Registry—GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The Platinum Performance Achievement Award recognizes Premier participating hospitals that have sustained performance measure score composites of 90% or better in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction patients for eight consecutive quarters, ending quarter four 2014.
In September, Mercy Medical Center became the first hospital in Siouxland to offer patients a new Heart Failure Monitoring solution, a wireless monitoring sensor. The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their health care providers allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.
The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) recertified the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City. Mercy’s Cardiac Rehab program, which is housed in the Mercy Heart Center in downtown Sioux City, earned the three year recertification following a rigorous review that verified its excellent clinical practices.
In October, Mercy dedicated the newly remodeled Family Birth Center. Wallpaper and carpet were removed on the unit and replaced with painted walls and wood-look flooring. The updates make Mercy's Family Birth Center a more inviting place for moms, babies and families.
The Mercy Breast Care Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mercy Breast Care Center is the only ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in the Siouxland area. The designation represents ACR accreditation in Mammography, Ultrasound, and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.