Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Medical Center Receives America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention and Stroke Care
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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.

The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Mercy's clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Mercy not only performs at a 5 star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in these conditions, and as a result has been recognized with the 2014 HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Coronary Care and Stroke.

Bob Peebles, President and CEO of Mercy, says the latest rankings from HealthGrades is incredible news for the thousands of patients the hospital is privileged to serve every year. "HealthGrades ratings are based on solid data that comes directly from the federal government. That lends a degree of credibility which is notably absent from other surveys that are less scientific in their approach," says Peebles. "Those patients who trust Mercy with their care can be assured they have chosen a hospital that HealthGrades has determined is one of the 100 best in the United States with the area's only full-service heart center and Joint Commission Accredited Stroke Center."

“As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, HealthGrades. “Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by HealthGrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs.”

For its analysis, HealthGrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. HealthGrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at

Mercy Medical Center's list of clinical achievements is significant in numerous areas of care.

America's Best 100 Hospitals
•One of HealthGrades American's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
•One of HealthGrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)

•Recipient of the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)
•Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
•Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014)
•Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)

•Recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a Row (2011-2014)
•Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
•Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 6 Years in a Row (2009-2014)

Critical Care
•Recipient of the HealthGrades Critical Care Excellence Award™ in 2014
•Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2014
•Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014)

Patients have an important role to play in the decision-making process by recognizing that hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures. Patients can find out about a hospital's performance based on complication and mortality rates because this information is free and publicly available from resources like HealthGrades.

Mercy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jerome Pierson also weighed in on the HealthGrades ratings by acknowledging the work being done by Mercy's physician partners and other healthcare professionals. "Mercy doesn't become a Top 100 hospital without the dedication we see every single day from those who deliver the care to every single patient," says Dr. Pierson. "Even with the leading edge technology we employ at Mercy, nothing takes the place of compassionate and respectful care at the bedside."

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

For more information, contact:
Deb Lemmon, Director of Marketing and Planning (712)279-2294
Dianne Krier, Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712)279-5682