Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is a 656-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital situated on three campuses. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines. It also is one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,100 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and allied health associates. Mercy is also one of the Midwest’s largest referral centers, offering a variety of specialty services that are unique to Iowa and the region.
Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). Mercy Health Network (MHN) is a statewide system comprised of 11 owned and 26 contract-affiliated hospitals, and 142 physician clinics with 625 physicians. MHN is based in Des Moines and includes the Mercy Medical Centers in Des Moines, Sioux City, Mason City, Dubuque and Clinton. It also includes owned community hospitals in Centerville, Dyersville, New Hampton, Primghar, West Des Moines and Oakland, Nebraska. Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 80 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.