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Annual Highlights

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."

2014 In Review

Mercy Medical Center began 2014 by converting all inpatient rooms to private rooms. The purpose of this project is to provide a more restful environment so our patients to recuperate and heal more quickly. Private rooms also reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Mercy's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Mercy for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The accreditation covers Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Home Medical Equipment and the various Mercy clinics in Sioux City, South Sioux City, Dakota Dunes and regional clinics.

Mercy Medical Center's Coronary Intervention and Stroke programs received the America's 100 Best Hospitals award from HealthGrades according to HealthGrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. This achievement was released with other new findings in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: HealthGrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City was recognized as a recipient of the 2014 Women’s Choice Award® as an America’s Best Hospital for Emergency Care. The Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and women’s highest preferences when it comes to treatment and a quality healthcare experience.

In March, the Blue Zones Project® Sioux City announced Mercy Medical Center is a designated Blue Zones Worksite® in Sioux City. Mercy fulfilled the Blue Zones Worksite designation criteria including the engagement of more than 25 percent of its employees. Blue Zones Worksites maintain work environments that promote and encourage employee well-being. Mercy Medical Center completed designation criteria in the areas of leadership, purpose, habitat and physical environment, engagement and creation of social networks, policies and benefits, and well-being solutions.

Effective April 1, Mercy gained a new interim president and CEO, Jim FitzPatrick following the retirement of CEO Bob Peebles. FitzPatrick came to Sioux City from West Des Moines, where he served as senior vice president for Network Development for Mercy Health Network. Prior to that, he served as president/CEO of Mercy Medical Center—North Iowa in Mason City. FitzPatrick accepted the position as permanent president and CEO of Mercy Sioux City later in 2014.

In July, Mercy embarked on a major renovation project to enhance the Intensive Care Unit. The remodel will result in a much more patient and family friendly environment for those hospitalized in our ICU.

As part of its commitment to continually improve healthcare services in Siouxland and beyond, Mercy Medical Center - Sioux City (MMC-SC) announced a new alignment with United Surgical Partners International (USPI) to jointly acquire majority ownership of the Siouxland Surgery Center (SSC) of Dakota Dunes, S.D. MMC-SC has been an established partner of SSC for many years. The expansion of the relationship to allow MMC-SC and USPI to hold the majority of SSC will help assure continued strength and stability of SSC and to improve medical services to the Siouxland community into the future.

In July, Mercy embarked on a major renovation project to enhance the Intensive Care Unit. The remodel will result in a much more patient and family friendly environment for those hospitalized in our ICU.

In August, The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, honored Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City with an “A”, its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety.

Mercy Breast Care Center celebrated 25 years of serving Siouxland women in 2014. Dr. Fahima Qalbani saw the need for a Breast Care Center and her vision became a reality in 1989. Since then, the Mercy Breast Care Center has been on the cutting edge of technology and has established a reputation of excellence in this area.

The Trauma Center at Mercy Medical Center has 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, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

Mercy was one of only 256 hospitals in the nation to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. 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.

Mercy Breast Care Center was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

Mercy's Child Advocacy Center celebrated 25 years of service to Siouxland children and families in 2014. Over the past 25 years, the Mercy Child Advocacy Center has impacted over 14,000 children. The CAC team supports child abuse victims through each phase of the abuse response, detection, investigation, treatment and follow up services. Their advocacy efforts also serve to promote awareness and prevention of child abuse. A public reception was held to celebrate this accomplishment on October 30.

 

 

 

 

 

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