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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Mercy Iowa City receives national honor for patient satisfaction

Mercy Iowa City has again received the 2020 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award® for patient experience, recognizing the hospital for its commitment to quality and personalized care for its patients. Mercy Iowa City is the only hospital in southeastern Iowa to receive this award.

Mercy Iowa City earned this recognition after its Emergency Care Unit consistently achieved a 95 percent or above for patient experience over a span of one year. Patients at the hospital took part in a survey to highlight the level of excellence, answering questions from Likelihood to Recommend to Overall Rating and/or Teamwork.

"This award highlights the extraordinary caliber of a rapidly-growing department,” said Sean Williams, President and CEO of Mercy Iowa City. “The service from an exceptional team caring for more than 40,000 visitors a year is consistently proven with short wait times and a continued recognition for excellence.”

This marks the thirteenth consecutive year the Emergency Care Unit at Mercy Iowa City is recognized with the award for patient experience.

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About Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Iowa City is an acute care hospital and regional referral center for southeast Iowa. Mercy has received: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) 5 Star Rating as a Top 2% of all hospitals for the 4th consecutive year, the only hospital in Iowa to do so; the Fortune IBM/Watson Health 100 Top Hospital ranking; the accredited Chest Pain Center with the American Heart Association Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care; the Top 100 Community Hospitals Award in 2018 and 2019 from Becker’s Review; the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Mercy’s Emergency Care Unit by achieving 95 percent for patient experience for 13 consecutive years; and the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics for Mercy’s Wound and Vein Center. Mercy has 234 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, a 26-bed nursery with Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 28 primary and specialty care clinics, a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most subspecialties, and 1,350 employees. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and became an affiliate of MercyOne in 2017. To learn more visit www.mercyiowacity.org.

About Press Ganey Press Ganey pioneered the health care performance improvement movement 35 years ago. Today Press Ganey offers an integrated suite of solutions that enable enterprise transformation across the patient journey. Delivered through a cutting-edge digital platform built on a foundation of data security, Press Ganey solutions address safety, clinical excellence, patient experience, and workforce engagement. The company works with more than 41,000 health care facilities in its mission to reduce patient suffering and enhance caregiver resilience to improve the overall safety, quality, and experience of care.