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Mercy named a 2012-2013 Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

July 18, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa)­—Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has been ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital in Iowa, with high performance in five medical specialties.

Mercy was the only Des Moines hospital to receive this distinction in the central Iowa region. Mercy was selected because of high performance in the specialties of: Cancer; Gynecology; Pulmonology; Gastroenterology; and Nephrology.

“This recognition affirms the quality of care provided to our patients,” said Mercy President & CEO Dave Vellinga. “Our physicians and allied health professionals are committed to excellence. They work tirelessly to deliver the best care experience for every patient every time in the safest environment possible.”

Nearly 4,800 hospitals were part of the 23rd annual 2012 – 2013 U.S. News & World Report review. This year only 732 hospitals received Americas ‘Best or Best Regional Hospital designations from U.S. News & World Report.  The magazine indicated the number of hospitals chosen was lower because fewer hospitals met “high performing” standards in at least one of 16 clinical specialties. U.S. News indicated it also gave less weight this year to hospital reputation and more to hospital patient data that is available to the public through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Hospital Association (AMA).

In Iowa Mercy ranked as the third best overall hospital. Mercy was joined in the Best Regional Hospital category by two hospitals in the Western Iowa region— Mercy Health Network member Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City and Catholic Health Initiatives member Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was the top ranked hospital in the state.

About Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is an 802-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 and one of the largest employers in the state, with nearly 6,900 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and 200 allied health professionals.

Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. For more information, visit www.mercydesmoines.org.

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Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

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