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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - Mercy Iowa City named Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by IBM Watson Health

Mercy Iowa City was named one of the Watson Health Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in a new report released today by Fortune/IBM® Watson Health®, making it the only hospital in southeast Iowa to earn this recognition.

The annual study serves to highlight leaders in short-term, acute care hospitals that treat a wide array of cardiology patients. It compares nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines and shows “the winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost.”

Mercy Iowa City has received consistent Top 100 rankings in Fortune/IBM Watson Health’s Top Hospital Rankings and multiple accreditations from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leaders say this most recent recognition solidifies Mercy Iowa City as a pivotal piece in achieving its Mission to continue to improve the health of the community.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition and showcase our commitment to quality care and the highest patient experience,” said Jim Nielsen, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Chief Medical Information Officer at Mercy Iowa City. “We have seen a heavy and increased focus towards our Cardiovascular service line and seeing our physicians, nurses and colleagues earn this prestigious honor truly reflects the growth and continued excellence at Mercy Iowa City.”

Leadership with IBM Watson Health explained with more than 120 million American adults living with some form of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular services are among the most critical in healthcare.

“Hospitals are constantly working to improve clinical and operational performance, and the exceptional organizations on this list demonstrate the standard for top performing cardiac care,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals Program Lead for IBM Watson Health. “Their benchmarks serve as a real-world checkpoint for cardiovascular care across the U.S.”

MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center was also recognized as a top Cardiovascular Hospital showcasing strong performance across the MercyOne network. For the full list of hospitals nationwide, visit https://www.ibm.com/watson-health/services/100-top-hospitals. 


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 Fortune IBM/Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular 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 194 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 the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Study

The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses independent and objective research to analyze cardiovascular hospital performance in clinical and operational addressing inpatient and 30-day mortality, patient complications, 30-day readmission, average length of stay, 30-day episode-of-care payment, and adjusted cost per case, for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and heart failure (HF) patients. The study has been conducted annually since 1998.

About IBM Watson Health

IBM Watson Health is a data, analytics, and technology partner for the health industry. Supported by the innovation of IBM and intelligence of Watson, we are committed to helping build smarter health ecosystems. Through the combination of our deep industry expertise in health, data and analytics, actionable insights, and reputation for security and trust, Watson Health is working together with its clients and partners to help them achieve simpler processes, better care insights, faster breakthroughs, and improved experiences for people around the world. Learn more at https://www.ibm.com/watson-health.