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Mercy recognized among nation's Top 100 Hospitals for cardiovascular care

November 17, 2009

Mercy is once again ranked among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals® for cardiovascular care, according to a newly released study by Thomson Reuters – a leading news and information company.

The 2009 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks study examined the performance of 971 hospitals in measures related to congestive heart failure, heart attacks, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasties and other coronary interventions. Mercy is the only Des Moines hospital on the list and was one of just 40 teaching hospitals without a cardiovascular residency program nationwide to be recognized. This is the fourth year Mercy has made the list.

“Being listed among the nation’s top hospitals for cardiovascular care honors the excellence, collaboration and innovation of the physicians, nurses and staff of Mercy Heart Hospital and Iowa Heart Center,” said Mercy President & CEO Dave Vellinga. “It recognizes the many ways we work together to provide the best possible cardiovascular care available.”

According to the study, top-performing hospitals consistently have higher survival rates, fewer complications, shorter lengths of stay and lower cost per case compared to peer hospitals. Additionally, the top hospitals perform more than 50 percent more cardiac surgeries.

The complete results of this year’s 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks study were published in the Nov. 16 issue of Modern Healthcare. A complete list of winners and a report summary are also available at

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