IOWA CITY, IA - Mercy Iowa City has received a top five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a second consecutive year. CMS analyzes hospitals using data on outcomes, patient experience and other factors for its Hospital Compare online rankings to make it easier for patients to review and make decisions about the quality of care available at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. The rankings are given as one through five stars, with five being the highest and three being the national average score.
Mercy Iowa City is one of only 337 hospitals nationwide, one of four hospitals in Iowa and the only one in SE Iowa, to receive a five-star rating from CMS.
“We are pleased to receive this ranking for the second consecutive year,” said Shane Cerone, interim CEO of Mercy Iowa City. “This affirmation recognizes the exceptional care patients receive from the physicians and staff at Mercy Iowa City.”
The overall rating summarizes up to 57 quality measures reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. The overall rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S.
This national CMS five-star recognition comes on the heels of Mercy Iowa City’s most recent Guardian of Excellence award from Press Gainey, a national health care consulting firm. Mercy Iowa City was recognized in November as among the top five percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience for the tenth consecutive year.
For more information about the CMS Hospital Compare ratings, please visit http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html and for more information about Mercy Iowa City, visit www.mercyiowacity.org.
About Mercy Iowa City Mercy Iowa City is an acute care hospital and regional referral center that draws patients from throughout southeast Iowa. Mercy has 234 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, a 26-bed nursery with a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 27 primary and specialty care clinics, 1,340 employees and a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most sub-specialties. Mercy Iowa City was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Chicago for many years. In 2008, they became part of the Sisters of the West Midwest Community. The hospital is now an affiliate of the Mercy Health Network. For more information, please visit www.mercyiowacity.org.