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Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Mercy Iowa City earns top five-star rating from CMS for fourth consecutive year

This recognition places Mercy Iowa City among the top hospitals in Iowa and the nation

Mercy Iowa City has received the top five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a fourth consecutive year, the ONLY hospital in Iowa to have achieved this distinction for four years, and the only hospital in Johnson County to receive five stars. CMS analyzes hospitals using data on outcomes, patient experience and other factors for its Hospital Compare online rankings to make it easier for patients to review and make decisions about the quality of care available at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. The rankings are given as one through five stars, with five being the highest and three being the national average score.

“Receiving this recognition from CMS for the fourth consecutive year reinforces for us and the patients we serve, that the quality and patient experience provided at Mercy Iowa City is amongst the best that can be found anywhere,” said Sean Williams President and CEO of Mercy Iowa City. “This affirmation recognizes the exceptional care patients receive from the physicians and colleagues at Mercy Iowa City.”

Hospital Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html) reports information for over 4,000 hospitals nationwide, including Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers and Department of Defense (DoD) military hospitals. The website provides information for patients and caregivers on hospital care delivery, and encourages hospitals to improve the quality of their care by publicly displaying quality information. The overall rating summarizes up to 57 quality measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.

This national CMS five-star recognition comes on the heels of Mercy Iowa City’s most recent recognition from Healthgrades® by earning the 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for an 12th consecutive year.

For more information about Mercy Iowa City, visit www.mercyiowacity.org.


About Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Iowa City is an affiliate of MercyOne and is an acute care hospital and regional referral center that draws patients from throughout southeast Iowa. Mercy has 234 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, a 26-bed nursery with a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care

Unit, 27 primary and specialty care clinics, 1,400 colleagues and a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most sub-specialties. Mercy Iowa City was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Chicago for many years. In 2008, they became part of the Sisters of the West Midwest Community. The hospital is now an affiliate of the MercyOne system.