Innovation

We are committed to preventative healthcare and providing the latest treatments and technologies to battle diseases, heal injuries, minimize suffering and enhance your quality of life. From being the first in the region to offer cobalt radiation treatment in 1956, to our fully-equipped Level II trauma Emergency Department and, most recently, adding a new 4DCT for the latest in tumor imaging, we know the value technology brings to world-class level healthcare.

And, we were the first local hospital to offer a guaranteed wait time of 30 minutes or less for your care to begin at our Emergency Department, knowing that you don’t have time to wonder – or wait.

Mercy has a rich history as a healthcare leader. This history offers a firm foundation, but it also challenges us to continue to find innovative ways to connect you with the best and latest high-quality care.

New Services & Technology

 NEW transradial approach – This approach enables doctors to access patients’ arteries through the wrist rather than the groin during cardiac catheterization, allowing for speedier recovery and decreasing hospital stays.

Watch Dr. Campbell’s transradial approach video

 

 Psychiatric home health services  – In April 2011, Mercy’s Behavioral Services department launched psychiatric home health services under the umbrella of Mercy Home Health.

 

Learn how new pain psychologist rounds out holistic approach to pain management

 

 NEW 4D CT – Hall Radiation Center added a 4D CT, a special CT that allows visibility of the movement of a tumor during respiration.

 

New multi-lumen balloon for High-Dose Radiation (HDR) – This new balloon for HDR  with MammoSite technology allows more breast cancer patients to meet the criteria for this minimally-invasive treatment. This precise targeting means shorter treatment times.

Read about Lorraine’s experience with Mammosite

Fresh Fare

Better tasting. Better for you.

Mercy initiated a Local Foods, Local Flair program to support food producers close to home and provide the freshest-tasting food to patients and visitors.

Medical Home

Medical HomeAn innovative standard of care, the Medical Home model was locally pioneered by Dr. Tim Quinn, President of MercyCare Community Physicians and a MercyCare Blairs Ferry physician. This Medical Home model, combined with MercyCare’s Quality Program, means physicians spend more time upfront with patients to make a measurable difference in preventing health emergencies and the development of chronic conditions.

What is a medical home?

  • An ongoing partnership between you and your primary care physician
  • A team approach to providing holistic healthcare
  • Focus on measurable quality care, rather than quantity
  • The result?
  • Personalized, coordinated, high quality care that optimizes quality of life for patients.

Watch our medical home webinar & check out our webinar library for other topics

Chronic Disease

Feel Better Long TermMore than half of Americans live with one or more chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and asthma. Chronic disease impacts quality of lives and drives up healthcare costs.

Mercy’s commitment to battling chronic disease is reflected in its partnership with Heritage Area Agency on Aging for a Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP). This year, the program was selected as one of 20 programs (from a total of 600 CDSMPs) selected to participate in a national study. Mercy is the only site from Iowa.

The national study will examine programmatic impacts and is sponsored by the National Council on Aging and it will be conducted by Texas A&M Health Science Center and Stanford University.

Sign up for the program here

Hear how Mercy’s Live Active-Live Healthy program made a difference in Dorothy’s life

 

Getting Social

YouTubeFacebookTwitterMercy is increasingly investing in social media – a real-time, interactive communication vehicle that is particularly effective younger healthcare consumers. Social media is just one more extension of The Mercy Touch.

Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news flashes, events or health information. Visit our YouTube channel for videos like Chef Andy Deutmeyer’s Health-e Eats cooking demonstrations.

We’re also reaching out to you in the comfort and privacy of your home or office with Live Chats and Webinars, making Mercy’s resources available beyond the confines of the building.

Learn more about Mercy Live Webinars

Lean

Our Lean initiatives have been in the news.

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Lean continues as a way of life at Mercy as we apply these resource and time-saving principles to address issues and examine our processes to realize continuous improvements.

This year we celebrated improvements not only in our patient care areas, but also in areas like Food & Nutritional Services, Materials Management and Home Health. 

Lean practices and principles are being integrated into the development of the new Hall-Perrine Cancer Center to improve efficiency and ensure full maximization of resources.