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May 17 2016
Get Growing with Mercy Cancer Center’s Community Healing Garden

DES MOINES, IA - Mercy Cancer Center will kick off the third growing season for the Community Healing Garden with a garden party open house event.

May 2 2016
Wheaton Iowa Ministries Join Mercy Health Network

WATERLOO, IOWA – The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters finalized an agreement making the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa operations part of Mercy Health Network.

Apr 6 2016
Mercy Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation in Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

DES MOINES, IOWA - Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has selected Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement.

Mar 25 2016
Mercy Clinics Holiday Schedule

DES MOINES, Iowa - Mercy Urgent Care Clinics will be closed this Sunday, March 27, for the Easter holiday.

Mar 24 2016
Iowa Heart Center at Mercy Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Cardiac Care

DES MOINES, IA - Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has designated Iowa Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines as a Blue Distinction® Center+ in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program.

Mar 11 2016
Nurse practitioner joins Mercy Ottumwa Medical Clinic

DES MOINES, IA – The physicians and staff or Mercy Ottumwa Medical Clinic recently welcomed Ashley Bland, ARNP, to the practice.

Feb 24 2016
Mercy Clinics now offering Cologuard screening test for colorectal cancer

DES MOINES, IA – Mercy Clinics is now offering Cologuard, the first and only FDA approved noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. 

Jan 18 2016
Mercy Medical Center verified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

DES MOINES, Iowa­ — Mercy’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients of all ages has formally been recognized by the American College of Surgeons with the recent verification as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Mercy was also re-verified as a Level II Adult Trauma Center.

Jan 7 2016
Mercy Medical Center–West Lakes receives Blue Distinction® designation

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® has recognized Mercy Medical Center–West Lakes as one of the first health care facilities in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the area of bariatric surgery by the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program.

Nov 25 2015
Mercy Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the cancer program at Mercy Cancer Center. To earn voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Nov 5 2015
Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women to focus on midlife health care for central Iowa women

DES MOINES, Iowa — Frank Comfort was devoted to the women in his life. From his mother and grandmother — to his wives, daughters and the Sisters of Mercy. The Comfort family has often provided leadership, service and financial support to the Sisters of Mercy and their mission of caring for those in need. The Comfort family is once again making a difference by helping establish a women’s center in honor of all the women in Frank’s family. 

Oct 5 2015
Nurse practitioner joins Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic recently welcomed Megan Spreacker, ARNP, to the practice. Megan earned her master of science in nursing degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 2015. Prior to becoming an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner, Megan worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

Aug 19 2015
Nurse practitioner joins Mercy Campus Medical Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy Campus Medical Clinic recently welcomed Elizabeth Gudgel, ARNP, to the clinic. Elizabeth earned her Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2009 from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Mercy, Elizabeth worked as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at the Maquoketa Family Clinic in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Aug 19 2015
New physician joins Mercy East Village Family Practice and Urgent Care

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy East Village Family Practice and Urgent Care recently welcomed Laura Abels, D.O., to the clinic. Dr. Abels earned her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Medicine in 2012 and completed her residency through the Mercy Family Medicine program in 2015.

Aug 19 2015
New physician joins Mercy Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic recently welcomed Nichole Dean, D.O., to the clinic. Dr. Dean earned her medical degree from Des Moines University in 2007. Prior to joining Mercy, Dr. Dean worked at the Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine.

Aug 14 2015
Iowa Heart Center and Mercy Announce First Implant Of Newly Approved Recapturable Heart Valve

Offering the latest heart valve technology, Iowa Heart Center and Mercy announces its first implantations of the newly approved CoreValve® Evolut R System. The CoreValve® Evolut R System is the first-and-only recapturable and repositionable device available in the U.S. approved for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in severe aortic stenosis patients who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery. Three procedures were performed recently at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines by Drs. Atul Chawla, David McAllister and Marnix Verhofste.

Aug 4 2015
New physician joins Mercy West Pediatric Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy West Pediatric Clinic are excited to welcome Nicole Stoecken, D.O., to the clinic. Dr. Stoecken earned her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012, and completed her residency at Blank Children’s Hospital, where she served as chief pediatric resident from July 2014-June 2015. 

Aug 4 2015
Anthony Kopp, D.O., joins Mercy Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Anthony Kopp, D.O., has joined the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation clinic at Medical Center—Des Moines. Dr. Kopp earned his degree at Des Moines University and recently completed his residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Kopp is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Jul 17 2015
New physician joins Mercy East Pediatric Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy East Pediatric Clinic are excited to welcome J. Michael Metts, D.O., to the clinic. Dr. Metts earned his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences and completed his residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Medicine. Prior to joining the pediatric clinic, Dr. Metts worked as a staff physician in the pediatric emergency department at Mercy. 

Jul 17 2015
New pediatric clinic opening in Waukee

DES MOINES, Iowa – The need to provide convenient access to health care services to residents in the Des Moines metro area is continually growing. That’s why Mercy Clinics has expanded pediatric medical services to residents in Waukee and surrounding communities.

Jul 1 2015
Mercy and Skiff Medical Center combine operations to serve the health needs of Central Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Following months of study and discussion on the benefits of combining  health care operations, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has completed the acquisition of Skiff Medical Center in Newton.

Jun 24 2015
Mercy and Iowa Heart Center implant novel device to help lower high blood pressure

Des Moines, IA – Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Iowa Heart Center is one of seven centers in the U.S. conducting a study to evaluate a novel device to help lower high blood pressure. An Iowa Heart Center cardiologist was the first in Iowa to implant the device on May 6 at Mercy. 

Jun 17 2015
Local physician receives Excellence Award

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mercy Clinics is pleased to announce Peter Reiter, M.D., FACP, recently received the Iowa Chapter of American College of Physicians (ACP) 2015 Excellence Award. This prestigious award is given to a Fellow and longstanding member of the Iowa Chapter of the ACP who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the ACP and the medical profession. 

Jun 11 2015
Mercy Clinics Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced 25 Mercy Clinics located in the Des Moines metro area received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.  

May 31 2015
Mercy is first hospital in central Iowa to earn ACE accreditation

Des Moines, IA – May 31— Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Mercy West Lakes recently received accreditation for its cardiac catheterization lab and percutaneous coronary intervention from Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence™ (ACE), an organization dedicated to...

May 19 2015
Mercy Medical Center to acquire Skiff Medical Center

DES MOINES, Iowa – After several months of exhaustive review, leaders of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Skiff Medical Center in Newton are in agreement about the benefits of moving forward with a transition to Mercy ownership.

May 6 2015
Local physician elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mercy Clinics is pleased to announce Florita Henderson, M.D., FACP, has recently been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. 

Apr 8 2015
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines Selected for American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program

DES MOINES, IOWA – April 8 — Mercy Medical Center –Des Moines is one of 35 hospitals in the country selected to participate in the American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program, the first program of its kind in...

Feb 26 2015
Parkinson’s disease support group: March meeting announcement

DES MOINES, Iowa – The first meeting in 2015 for the Parkinson’s disease support group will take place on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:30-3 p.m., at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. 

Feb 11 2015
Mercy removes flu visitation restrictions

DES MOINES, Iowa­— As cases of influenza and hospitalizations have continued to decrease throughout Iowa, Mercy is joining our colleagues at Des Moines area hospitals in ending patient visitor restrictions at all facilities. 

Jan 23 2015
Mercy Clinics expand internal medicine services in Urbandale

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mercy Clinics is making changes to increase patient access to medical care within the Des Moines metro area. 

Nov 17 2014
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission.

Oct 29 2014
Open house event scheduled at Mercy Briarwood Medical Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy Briarwood Medical Clinic are hosting a special open house event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, from 4-6 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Oct 17 2014
Mercy extends provider options in Carlisle

CARLISLE, Iowa – Beginning Nov. 3, family practice physicians, a pediatrician and a nurse practitioner from Mercy Indianola Family Practice and Urgent Care will begin...

Oct 8 2014
Mercy ranks 14th as a “Social Media Friendly” hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines ranks among the nation’s best hospitals in the use of social media, according to a rating by NurseJournal.org.

Oct 6 2014
New perinatologists join Mercy’s Perinatal Center of Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Jona Conklin, M.D., and Jennifer Krupp, M.D., perinatologists, have joined Mercy’s Perinatal Center of Iowa. Prior to joining Mercy, Drs. Conklin and Krupp were...

Sep 26 2014
Physician Assistant joins Mercy West Family Practice and Urgent Care

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy West Family Practice and Urgent Care are excited to welcome Patricia McDonald, RN, PA-C, to the clinic. McDonald earned her physician assistant certification from...

Sep 19 2014
Mercy is chosen Des Moines’ Best Hospital by Business Record readers

DES MOINES, Iowa­—For the second consecutive year, readers of the Business Record have selected Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines as the city’s Best Hospital.

Sep 18 2014
New Affordable Care Act tools and payment models deliver $372 million in savings, improve care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and...

Aug 20 2014
Iowa Heart Center Surgeons Implant Heart Pump Assist Device in Des Moines’ man with Advanced Congestive Heart Failure

Des Moines, IA – August 20— The heart of a 68-year-old Des Moines’ man with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) is now beating easier, thanks to...

Aug 15 2014
New pediatric specialists join Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Karen Francolla, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist, has joined Mercy Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic. Prior to joining Mercy, Dr. Francolla practiced pediatric gastroenterology at...

Aug 13 2014
New physician joins Mercy Gastroenterology Clinic

DES MOINES, Iowa – The physicians and staff at Mercy Gastroenterology Clinic recently welcomed Farhoud Khosravi, D.O., to the clinic... 

Aug 13 2014
Three providers join Mercy Westown Internal Medicine

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mercy Westown Internal Medicine is excited to welcome three new providers to the practice... 

Aug 13 2014
New physician joins Mercy Sleep Center

DES MOINES, Iowa – Monica Hoffman, M.D., recently joined the team of physicians and staff at Mercy Sleep Center...

Jul 26 2014
Economic Impact: Another Way Metro Des Moines Medical Centers Make a Difference

Broadlawns Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes and the hospitals of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines are good examples of...

Jul 15 2014
Mercy repeats as a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa­— For the third consecutive year Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is ranked as one of the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report.

Jul 9 2014
Mercy Health Network to benefit from $10.1 million CMS Health Care Innovation Award

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Mercy Health Network (MHN) Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and their allied clinics will begin transitioning to value based care thanks to...

Jun 23 2014
Mercy Briarwood Medical Clinic Opening July 1

DES MOINES, Iowa – Mercy Clinics has expanded services to residents in northern Ankeny and surrounding communities. The new clinic, Mercy Briarwood...

Jun 6 2014
Katzmann Breast Center receives full accreditation for breast health services

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Katzmann Breast Center is pleased to announce it has received a three-year full accreditation from the American College of Surgeon’s National…

May 22 2014
Dr. Tommy Ibrahim assumes role as chief physician officer at Mercy

DES MOINES, Iowa­—Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is pleased to welcome Tommy Ibrahim, M.D., MHA, as Chief Physician Officer (CPO)... 

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