Community Benefit

Mercy’s outreach extends far beyond our hospital and MercyCare Clinics. Whether it’s offering walk-in mammogram appointments in our mobile mammogram van in rural areas or our Webinars that are accessible by anyone with a computer, we are a community-based healthcare organization. Our roots are mission-based, with giving back to the community a top priority. We provide the same level of compassionate, top-level care to all individuals, including the under- and uninsured.

In the past year Mercy Medical Center accrued 26,048 community benefits hours –11.33 hours per full-time employee! We connect you to high-quality healthcare as we reach out to the community.


Healthy Linn

Mercy Medical Center takes a collaborative approach in assessing the needs of the community it serves. A Community Health Needs Assessment was conducted by Healthy Linn Care Network, a branch of the Linn County Public Health Department. Data and information was collected through qualitative and quantitative methods and a Health Improvement Plan was developed. Mercy partners with several community organizations to address the top five community health needs: obesity (and related chronic health conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease); mental health; substance abuse; cancer; and sexually transmitted infections and Human Immunodeficiency Virus. 

Mercy’s Community Center

The Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center as it stands today

Mercy is excited to honor the lifetime accomplishments of Sr. Mary Lawrence Hallagan with this non-profit community center, which provides long-term office and work space for nonprofit organizations at 420 6th Street, Cedar Rapids. Tenants include: Gems of Hope, Kids First Law Center, Young Parents Network and Boys & Girls Club. Coming soon: Catholic Charities and Metro Catholic Outreach.

These agencies appreciate the space and Mercy appreciates our shared vision to enhance the health and well-being of the community.

See why the Sr. Mary Lawrence Center was featured as part of CBS 2 Heroes

Medical District

This year a majority group of property owners signed a petition indicating their support for the establishment of a Cedar Rapids Medical Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) District, also known as the Medical Quarter Regional Medical District (MedQuarter). This district will further enhance our community’s nationally recognized reputation for high-quality, low-cost care with an easily-accessible, concentrated area of medical services.

Mercy has added Cedar Rapids Heart Center and is currently building Hall-Perrine Cancer Center to further strengthen this district as a medication destination.


Screenings & Education

A breast feeding seminar

  • Alcohol Awareness Webinar led by Susan Kilburg, MA, CADC, Chemical Dependency Counselor at Sedlacek, which provided tools for parents and family members to have discussions with their child about the risks of alcohol abuse.
  • Asthma screenings held at the Lindale Mall Food Court. Dr. Lyla Schweiger, Allergy and Asthma Clinic, PC, provided consultations and evaluations.
  • Breastfeeding Webinar for those with questions related to breastfeeding.
  • Bullying Webinar, presented by Jennifer Bradley, ARNP, Mercy Psychiatry.
  • Cancer-related questions were answered by Dr. Leila Kutteh at the Walk with a Doc event held at Lindale Mall.
  • Cancer: Surviving and Thriving Steps2Health seminar, led by Adrienne Johnson, Coordinator, Mercy’s Thrive Cancer program.
  • Childhood obesity, the medical risks and how to prevent it were discussed during a Walk with a Doc event with Dr. Tony Myers, MercyCare Marion, at the Mercy Lundy Pavilion Lobby.
  • Chronic Conditions Steps2Health Seminar, led by Kathy Baragary helping participants to “Live Active, Live Healthy”.
  • Colon cancer Webinar led by Colleen Mohr, RN, MS, OCN, FNP-BC, Mercy’s Cancer Genetics Program.
  • Fibromyalgia and how to live with the symptoms was the topic of discussion of the Steps2Health seminar with Nicole Plagge, physical therapist at Mercy Rehabilitation Services.
  • Foot clinic held at Mercy’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center by staff from Joslin Diabetes Center, located at Mercy Health Plaza. Don’t ignore these foot signs of trouble: Pain when walking, burning, tingling/numbness, sores, cuts or changes in the shape of your feet/toes.

    A live webinar on Bullying and it's consequences

  • Goal-setting for better health was the topic of a Steps2Health seminar led by Fitness Center Wellness Coach Kate Klefstad.
  • Grief (during the holidays) Webinar presented by Hospice of Mercy Bereavement Coordinator Barbara Koch and Chaplain Kim Vogel.
  • Happy Feet, a walking club sponsored by MercyCare Mount Vernon celebrated its fifth year with a record number of members.
  • HPV & Gardasil vaccine Webinar presented by Dr. Sharon Bertroche of MercyCare Marion. This year, 6 million men and women will become infected with HPV and most won’t even know it!
  • Health questions were answered by Dr. Cam Campbell at the Walk with a Doc event at the Downtown Farmer’s Market; Dr. Campbell also discussed heart health questions at a Walk with a Doc at Lindale Mall.
  • Living with Osteoporosis was held in Mercy’s Hallagan Education Center.
  • Medical Home Webinar, presented by Dr. Timothy Quinn, president of MercyCare Community Physicians.
  • Optimism and its power to boost happiness was topic of Steps2Health seminar led by Kate Klefstad, Wellness Coach, Mercy Fitness Center.
  • Orthopaedic Seminar was held in Hallagan Education Center featuring Sandeep Munjal, M.D., FAAOS, M.S. (Ortho), M.Ch. (Ortho), Orthopaedic Surgeon, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, PC.
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Steps2Health Seminar was held at Lindale Mall and free PAD screenings were offered at Mercy Medical Center.
  • Pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome are preventable, and Dr. Arun Movva discussed diabetes prevention and treatment, then answered individual questions at a Walk with the Doc event. Denise Scheer, RD, LD, CDE and Jane Shaw, RN, CNN, CDE , discussed risk factors and prevention at a Live Webinar.

    A live webinar on the dangers of HPV

  • PAD screenings at Lindale Mall.
  • Prostate Cancer screening at the Community Health Free Clinic for men who are uninsured or underserved.
  • Skin cancer seminar & screening held at Mercy by David Knutson, M.D., Dermatology Clinic of Iowa. Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.?
  • Steps2Health @ Lindale kicked off with Dr. Sundar Munagala speaking to over 200 people about the value of exercise for physical and mental health during the Walk with a Doc event at Lindale.
  • Teen Substance Abuse Webinar presented by Susan Kilburg, Chemical Dependency Counselor at Sedlacek Treatment Center.
  • Teen Suicide Webinar led by Julie Lemon, licensed mental health counselor, Mercy Family Counseling. Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens – learn the warning signs and how to respond if you are concerned about someone you love.
  • Urinary Incontinence Screening at Mercy’s Incontinence Clinic.
  • Walk with a Doc, a Steps2Health program, featured physicians like Dr. Arun Movva, MercyCare Endocrinology, and Dr. Tony Myers, MercyCare Marion.


Especially for You Race

Especially for You Race

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Last year 15,464 people took steps to ensure all women have access to the breast care services they need by participating in Mercy’s Annual Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer. This fund is used locally to provide breast care services, such as mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and support services, for individuals in need. In 2010, 605 individuals received 831 services.

The race and the fund are dedicated to the memory of Sandy Knight, a Whittier resident and General Mills employee who died of breast cancer in July 1991.  She helped found Mercy’s Especially For You After Breast Cancer Support Group.  Her dream was to establish a race to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and education.

Why do you race?

Encouraging Youth

Teaching healthy lifestyle habits is part of Mercy’s commitment to prevention as a part of health care. In 2011, Mercy teamed up with McKinley and Taft Middle Schools’ staff and students to educate students on the dangers of tobacco use and the gimmicks big tobacco corporations use to lure kids into trying tobacco products.

The opportunity for high school students to job shadow is coordinated through the Workplace Learning Connection. This year, students experienced several different job shadow areas within 23 departments at Mercy, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Operating Room with the opportunity to talk to professionals about their jobs.

In the Community

Caring for those in need

His Hands Free Medical Clinic and the Community Health Free Clinic serve our community by providing free care to the under- and uninsured. Mercy supports these critical resources through board membership, and radiology and lab services, and financial support. Since February 2011, Mercy also supports mid-level healthcare providers at the Community Health Free Clinic. 

Community support

Mercy touches lives throughout the year with a multitude of sponsorships for community events. Employees also show their support through participation.

  • Freedom from Hunger – this campaign was organized by the Mission Integration Committee and raised $7,454.76, which equals 11,182 pounds of food contributions for HACAP.
  • Walks & runs – like Relay for Life (Mercy and Oncology Associates raised $13,789), Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Out of Darkness, and more!
  • Depression bike ride & presentation by traveling expert Mike Meier
  • Strike Out Stroke night at Kernels
  • Mercy’s Parish Nurse Program – 51 parish nurses graduated this year.
  • Mission Week – reaching out to support local agencies.
  • Day of Caring – Mercy supports a day when employees can work out in the community.

Commitment to Community

Giving back is the motivation behind Mercy’s Commitment to Community, a internal campaign that provides key financial support for United Way, Variety – The Children’s Charity and our own Mercy Foundation. Together, individuals and departments raised $193,569.