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Monday, May 10, 2021 - Mercy Iowa City earns five-star rating from CMS for fifth consecutive year

Mercy Iowa City has received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the fifth consecutive year, making it the only hospital in the state of Iowa to have earned this recognition for five straight years. Mercy Iowa City is also the only hospital in Johnson County and southeast Iowa to receive this commendation.

The CMS Overall Hospital Quality Star rating measures five areas of quality into a rating for each hospital, using analytical data ranging from safety of care to patient experience. Rankings are given on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest and three being the national average.

“This five-star recognition solidifies Mercy Iowa City as the leader for the highest quality care in our community,” said Sean Williams, President and CEO of Mercy Iowa City. “Mercy strives on providing the best patient experience and personalized care. Considering this past year has brought unprecedented challenges for all hospitals with the COVID-19 pandemic, to once again earn the highest honor from CMS is a commendation to the providers, nurses and all colleagues that put the Mercy Mission first.”

CMS contracted with CORE to work in collaborating with other contractors to develop a methodology for the Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating on Hospital Compare, now Care Compare. Care Compare includes information on quality measures for more than 4,000 acute care and critical access hospitals, reflecting the hospital’s overall performance on selected quality measures.

Mercy Iowa City will announce additional awards on Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 that further recognize the hospital with high national honors.

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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 5th 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