Mercy Medical Center Sioux City

Nationally Recognized Care

American College of Surgeons (Trauma)

Mercy's Regional Level II Trauma Center continues to hold the prestigious verification of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). ACS program verification attests that Mercy adheres to rigorous standards for excellence in emergency medicine. As the highest-ranking Emergency Department in western Iowa, Mercy Sioux City is also the only one in the Siouxland region to hold ACS trauma program approval.

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)

Mercy Sioux City is one of just 23 hospitals in the United States to have earned the prestigious accreditation of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) for perioperative transfusion services. Mercy is also the only medical facility in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Michigan and Illinois to hold the distinction. In fact, the only other hospital to earn such designation in the Upper Midwest is St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. The perioperative process allows blood lost by the patient during surgery to be processed, recycled and returned to the patient’s body. The process minimizes the amount of donor blood that is utilized, which makes it safer for the patient and also preserves more of the blood supply for those who need it.

ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The Mercy Breast Care Center, 330 Dakota Dunes Blvd, North Sioux City, SD, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By Awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). The Mercy Breast Care Center is the only triple-accredited breast care treatment facility in the Siouxland area.

The Mercy Breast Care Center was also awarded a  three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a review by the ACR.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has awarded Mercy Medical Center with a “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke” Gold Plus Achievement award. This award is based on meeting strict adherence to specific quality measures in stroke patient care and outcomes.

Mercy was one of 559 hospitals that received the "Get with the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award for excellent stroke care.

The American Heart Association has also awarded Mercy Medical Center with the Heart Check Mark, for quality care of heart attack.


HealthGrades has awarded Mercy Medical Center the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2015.  The Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for how well a hospital prevents infections, medical errors, and other complications based on 13 standard patient safety indicators. Patients receiving care at Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals have, on average, a lower risk of experiencing patient safety events.

HealthGrades has also honored Mercy Medical Center as One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention.  Mercy has held this distinction for the past three years:  2013, 2014, and 2015.  The America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Interventional Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in coronary intervention procedures.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

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 Joint Commission has also awarded Mercy the Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care. 

US News and World Report

US News and World Report lists Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City as performing nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 2 adult specialties and scoring high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.  Iowa has about 125 hospitals and US News and World Report ranks Mercy Medical Center as # 5 in Iowa.

Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care® provide a full range of cardiac care services, including: Inpatient cardiac care; Cardiac rehabilitation; Cardiac catheterization (including percutaneous coronary interventions); Cardiac surgery (including coronary artery bypass graft surgery).

Mercy was also named a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery.  Facilities that have received the Blue Distinction Centers for Spine SurgerySM designation have demonstrated experience in comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.