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Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes

Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes located at 1755 59th Place is a 146-bed, full-service community hospital on 17 acres in West Des Moines. It is part of the Mercy Medical Center—Des Moines family, and was built as a replacement hospital for Mercy Capitol in Des Moines. 

Services

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours for most hospital units are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting hours for critical care units vary. Children may visit patients on most floors and units; however, children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Contacting Patients

Friends and loved ones may call the switchboard at (515) 358-8000 and request to be transferred to the patient's room (callers must have the patient's first and last name), or they may call the patient's room directly. Patient room telephone numbers are (515) 358-8 plus the floor number (3, 4 or 5) and the last two digits of the room number, or (515) 358-8XXX.

Food Options

  • The Cafe:  Open daily, located on Level 1, is the hospital's main cafeteria and offers a variety food options including a salad bar, grill station, homemade soups, daily specials and a stone-hearth pizza oven featuring pizzas, calzones and made-to-order toasted sandwiches. Menus rotate weekly and are posted outside of the cafeteria's entrance. The Café is open Monday through Friday from 4-9:30 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for lunch; and 4:45-6:30 p.m. for dinner. On weekends, the Café is open from 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • West Lakes Brew:  Open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., West Lakes Brew proudly serves Starbucks coffee and offers made-to-order coffee drinks, tea, specialty drinks and an assortment of fresh pastries and baked goods. West Lakes Brew is located on Level 2 near the Main Entrance.

Gift Shop

Located on Level 2 near main north entrance   Phone: (515) 358-8070

  • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays and major holidays

Maps & Parking

Parking is free for patients and visitors in the Visitor Parking Lot.  Visitors are asked not to park in the 5901 Westown Pkwy. Medical Office Building's lots. -- view larger map or print

Mercy West Lakes Interior Map

 

GetWell Network in Patient Rooms

All patient rooms at Mercy West Lakes are equipped with the GetWell Network® PatientLife System™ — an Internet-based system accessed through your patient room television. The GetWell Network® enables you to watch patient education videos on demand, access the Internet, watch newly-released movies and more. The system also allows you to make comments or suggestions about the care you are receiving, access additional services and receive important alerts about your treatment plan. Visitors may also order guest trays from an abbreviated cafeteria menu to be delivered to your room. For more information, please read the patient guide in your room or speak to your nurse.

Evidence-Based Design Features

Evidence-based design provides the optimal healing environment for patients and their loved ones, and maximizes safety.

  • West Lakes offers a quiet, soothing, healing atmosphere with plenty of natural light, modern designs and attractive colors and finishes.
  • Spacious patient rooms are large enough to accommodate caregivers, family members and modern medical technology, plus family space in each room and comfortable family respite areas encourage the involvement of loved ones in patient care.
  • The building’s wide “footprint” allows all supplies, medications, equipment and other essentials to be stored in a central core area that is immediately accessible to nursing staff, improving efficiency and patient care.
  • A universal room configuration ensures patient rooms are same-handed (meaning furniture, equipment and supplies will be in the same location in each room to improve efficiency and reduce medical errors) and acuity-adjustable (meaning rooms can be adjusted to handle all levels of care to meet the changing needs of each patient).
  • Patient rooms include many features to improve nursing care and patient safety — including sinks for frequent hand washing and patient care needs, patient lifts built into the ceilings and eICU® Connect service for continuous monitoring and support of intensive care patients.
  • Nursing units are configured to allow improved visibility of patients from nurses’ work areas.
  • Mercy Medical Center—West Lakes is the first hospital in central Iowa built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications, meaning it will be an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly building. An application for LEED certification was submitted upon completion of construction.
  • The campus also features an outdoor healing garden, green space and landscaping.
     

Maps & Parking

Parking is free for patients and visitors in the Visitor Parking Lot.  Visitors are asked not to park in the 5901 Westown Pkwy. Medical Office Building's lots.

West Lakes Interior Map

 

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Mercy West Lakes Campus - map

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Mercy West Lakes - internal maps

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For driving directions, parking information and maps of Mercy Medical Center—West Lakes, click the links below or call the Information Desk at (515) 358-8000.

Parking

Parking is free for patients and visitors in the Visitor Parking Lot (accessible from 59th Place driving south from University Avenue and 60th Street driving north from Westown Parkway). Visitors are discouraged from parking in the 5901 Westown Pkwy. Medical Office Building's lots.

Driving Directions and Maps

Mercy Medical Center—West Lakes is located at 1755 59th Place in West Des Moines.

When driving to Mercy West Lakes from the north or east (on I-35 South/I-80 West):

  • Take exit 124 for University Avenue toward Clive;
  • Turn right at University Avenue;
  • Turn left at 59th Place.

When driving to Mercy West Lakes from the south (on I-35 North):

  • Take exit 72-C for University Avenue toward Clive;
  • Turn left at University Avenue;
  • Turn left at 59th Place.

When driving to Mercy West Lakes from the east within the Des Moines metro (on I-235 West)
Interstate 235 runs through Des Moines, providing direct access to Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes.

  • Take exit 1-A to 50th Street;
  • Turn right on 50th Street;
  • Turn left at University Avenue;
  • Turn left at 59th Place.

When driving to Mercy West Lakes from the west (on I-80 East):

Interstate 80 runs north of Des Moines.

  • Take exit 122 for 60th Street toward West Des Moines;
  • Turn left at 60th Street;
  • Turn right at 59th Place.

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Mercy West Lakes - driving directions

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Contact an airline service or your local commercial bus company for routing and scheduling information.

Parking is free for patients and visitors in the Visitor Parking Lot (accessible from 59th Place driving south from University Avenue and 60th Street driving north from Westown Parkway). Visitors are discouraged from parking in the 5901 Westown Pkwy. Medical Office Building's lots.

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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