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.
Jim FitzPatrick, Mercy's president and chief executive officer, credits the hospital's associates, highly skilled physicians, volunteers, and its Faith-based foundation for Mercy's success as the leading provider of health care in Siouxland. "Mercy is dedicated to Faith-Inspired Service and Healing," he explained. "We strive to become Siouxland residents' most trusted health partner for life by staying true to the mission and values of our founders, Sister Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy. Within that context, Mercy associates, our board of directors, and our physician partners also demonstrate great vision and determination in tapping the latest innovations and advances in medicine. As a result, we have been blessed to realize many accomplishments and honors."
2013 in Review
Mercy Medical Center--Sioux City once again swept the HealthGrades Ratings for 2013.
Nationally, Mercy was named one of America's Best 100 Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention and Stroke Care. Mercy Sioux City was honored to receive a HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award and the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 2012 and 2013.
Statewide, Mercy Sioux City was ranked #1 in Iowa for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services, and Coronary Interventional Procedures. Mercy Sioux City has been ranked Among the Top 10 in Iowa for Overall Cardiac Services for 11 years in a row (2003 - 2013), and Among the Top 5 in Iowa for Cardiac Surgery. Mercy has been ranked among the Top 5 in Iowa for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 9 years in a row (2005 - 2013).
Mercy Sioux City also received excellent ratings with HealthGrades in the treatment of Stroke. Mercy Sioux City has received the HealthGrades Stroke Excellence Award for the past three years, (2011 - 2013) and is ranked among the Top 5% in the Nation for Stroke. Mercy Sioux City has been Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke for 5 years in a row (2000 - 2013) and is ranked #1 in Iowa for Neurosciences.
Mercy Sioux City has been ranked among the Top 10 Hospitals in Iowa for 2013.
Early in 2013, Mercy Medical Center,-Sioux City achieved an important safety and quality goal that will ensure babies born in its labor and delivery unit are safer at the time of their births. Each and every member of Mercy’s labor and delivery team is now certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). The NCC’s Certificate of Added Qualification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM) enables Mercy to standardize EFM interpretation and implement best practices to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of medical errors during labor and delivery.
The Mercy Heart Center kicked off Heart Month in February with the second annual Heart Expo. The event featured free screenings, cooking demonstrations, an open-heart surgery demonstration, and much more and was free to the public.
Mercy began a new partnership with Southern Hills Mall which includes a WalkFit program, advertising in the mall, a blood pressure monitoring station, as well as special events periodically throughout the year. The initial event, “Paint the Mall Red,” featured heart healthy food, exercise demonstrations and an “Ask the Cardiologist” session. It was very well attended.
In April, Mercy opened a new Ambulatory Services Center to treat patients who receive infusion therapy. The Ambulatory Services Center is conveniently located near the Jones Street Entrance, and features private rooms with new state of the art equipment.
Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City earned recertification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations after undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care.
The American Heart Association has awarded Mercy Medical Center with a “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke” Gold Plus Achievement award for 2013. This award is based on meeting strict adherence to specific quality measures in stroke patient care and outcomes.
Mercy Medical Center has one of only 1500 cancer care programs nationwide that has earned Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation. CoC Accreditation is the Hallmark of Excellence and awarded to cancer care programs that have made a commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient-centered care.
In August, Mercy Medical Center announced that construction had begun on a $16.8 million investment in Mercy’s critical care and imaging services. The investment includes renovation of the current intensive care units and the installation of a 3.0 Tesla (3T) Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner to replace the existing unit. Investment includes $13.8 million for the ICU renovation and $3.0 million for the MRI. The new MRI scanner was installed in December and will be ready for use in January 2014.
Mercy Medical Center's Foundation was awarded $25,402 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This funding is being used toward the “Promoting Breast Health” project at Akron Mercy Medical Clinic. “Promoting Breast Health” will target women ages 40-75 who have not had a mammogram in the last fourteen months and who do not have adequate resources to pay for a mammogram.
The Trauma Center at Mercy Medical Center has, again, been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance and demonstrate commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients.
Late in 2013, Mercy Urgent Care relocated to Mercy Singing Hills Family Medicine. Mercy Urgent Care offers easily accessible and immediate treatment for injuries and unexpected illnesses that occur outside of normal physician office hours. The move was made in order to allow those without a primary care physician to become established with one at the clinic.
Mercy Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry –GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2013, one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to do so. The 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.
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield named Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center Plus (+) designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with the input from the medical community.