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Mercy Hospice Care Unit


Hospice Care Unit Room

Hospice Unit Lounge


Hospice Unit elevator lobby


Hospice Unit

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Mercy Hospice Care Unit is more than a place—it is a philosophy of care that affirms life and accepts death as the final stage of life. The Mercy Hospice Care Unit treats the end of life with compassion and provides support to loved ones. Our hope is to enable individuals to live peacefully and fully through the final stages of illness, spending their days in dignity and comfort, surrounded by loved ones.

Hospice care is for individuals who have a terminal diagnosis and six months or less to live. While in-home hospice care is available in this area, many patients and families can benefit from the supportive atmosphere and resources of Mercy Hospice Care Unit.

The primary setting for Mercy Hospice Care is 5 Mercy North. The unit features six spacious, homelike patient rooms that accommodate family members who want to spend the night. All patient rooms face north, overlooking the tree-lined streets of Iowa City’s northside neighborhood. In these comfortable rooms, it is easy to listen to music, watch TV or movies, use a computer, or just spend time together. The rooms are designed for comfort and togetherness, with support for limited medical needs.

The unit also includes:

  • Meditation chapel
  • Complete kitchen, dining, and lounge
  • Family room and children’s play area
  • Additional shower facilities for family members
  • Laundry facilities for family members
  • Quiet room
  • Whirlpool room for patients

Two levels of hospice care are available:

  • Hospice Inpatient Care is delivered under specific Medicare conditions.
  • Respite Care gives the caregiver a break from providing home care for up to five days at a time.

All gifts to the Mercy Hospice Care Unit are greatly appreciated and assist Mercy in providing compassionate care. Donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more for the hospice unit will be recognized on the donor recognition wall in the unit. Memorial gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized in the name of the person remembered.

To make a gift, contact Mercy Hospital Foundation at 319-358-2622 or

Medical Director of the unit is Dr. John Bennett.

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