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Nationally recognized as a leader in quality healthcare

This section lists the numerous awards and accreditations Mercy has received for demonstrating how we provide outstanding care to our patients. We are especially proud of recognition by CareChex® Hospital Quality Ratings detailed below.

Healthgrades Top 50Healthgrades, an online resource for information about U.S. hospitals and physicians, has named Mercy Medical Center one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals. The distinction places Mercy among the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent and superior clinical performance for at least six consecutive years.

Mercy is one of only two hospitals in Iowa to receive this designation. Learn more.

2017 Truven winnerMercy has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), a leading provider of healthcare information, for the fifth consecutive year, in 2017.

The Truven Top 100 Hospital designation is a prestigious industry gold standard award, which cannot be purchased. It evaluates the performance of nearly 3,000 hospitals in 10 different performance areas using public data sources.

Mercy is the only hospital in Cedar Rapids to receive the 2017 designation and the only hospital in Iowa to achieve the distinction consecutively over the last five years. Learn more.

Planetree goldMercy Medical Center has been formally designated by Planetree, Inc. as a Planetree Gold Designated® Person-Centered Organization. This designation recognizes Mercy’s achievement and innovation in the delivery of person-centered care, known within the Mercy organization as The Mercy Touch®.

Mercy is one of only 78 healthcare organizations worldwide, and the largest organization in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands, to receive the person-centered designation since the program’s launch in 2007. Additionally, Mercy is the only fully integrated healthcare system (inclusive of acute and continuing care, behavioral health, outpatient services and hospice) in the world to receive this recognition!

The Joint Commission Gold SealMercy has received recertification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Advanced Certification illustrates Mercy’s quality in treating strokes and indicates our ability to incorporate optional clinical requirements developed in collaboration with industry experts.

Joint Commission Top PerformerMercy Medical Center has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Mercy was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke.

BlueDistinction Center+ for Maternity Care

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Mercy as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. This designation is designed to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care. Learn more.

Blue Distinction Center Plus (+) in the area of spine surgeryWellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® has named Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids as a Blue Distinction Center Plus (+)in the areas of spine surgery, knee and hip replacement. The Blue Distinction Blue Distinction Center Plus (+) in the areas of knee and hip replacementCenters for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – and has recently expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety as well as new cost-efficiency measures. Learn more.

Women's Choice Award 2015Once again, Mercy Medical Center has been identified as one of the country’s Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience for the second consecutive year based on female patient satisfaction scoring by WomenCertified®, a trusted referral source for top businesses and brands identified among women.

Hospitals are selected for this prestigious annual list based on a scoring process that incorporates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores along with an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. Additionally, it takes into consideration WomenCertified’s research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender conducted with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

As a Top 100 Hospital, and because of its high consumer satisfaction scores, WomenCertified is further honoring Mercy with the Women’s Choice Award. Women are empowered to make better choices by having a Seal that represents the collective opinion of women who highly recommend that brand, service or hospital.

Mercy Medical Center has been named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2014 published list of 125 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs.

This list identifies the country’s hospitals and health systems that have orthopedic surgery departments, programs or dedicated centers that have earned recognition from several reputable sources.

Mercy Dialysis Center in Cedar Rapids has earned a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) based on the quality of patient care it provides. Mercy is the only dialysis center in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area to earn this level of distinction from CMS.

2016 CareChex Award

Mercy Medical Center has received numerous quality awards from CareChex throughout the years.

Most recently, Mercy was recognized as #1 in the state of Iowa for Major Orthopaedic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Heart Failure Treatment.

Mercy is also #1 in Linn County in several categories, including Cardiac Care and Joint Replacement Surgery, among others. Learn more from

CoC logoAccredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). As the first hospital in the area accredited by the ACoS in 1990, Mercy was re-accredited again in 2017, having received a Three-Year Approval with Commendation.

Approval by the CoC is achieved by only those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. As an ACoS-accredited site, Mercy ensures that a patient will have access to the latest advancements and coordinated system of cancer care.

QOPI Certified

Certified by the QOPI® Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and its Quality Oncology Practice Initiative®.

Oncology Associates at Mercy has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet standards for quality cancer care.

Oncology Associates has been participating in QOPI for more than seven years. Oncology Associates prides itself on providing the highest quality patient care. This certification reinforces that excellent cancer care is consistently offered close to home, at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.


Mercy's Women's Center has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for mammography, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsy, and stereotactic biopsy. This designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR's voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

HealthCare's Most Wired 2017Most Wired

Mercy is a proud recipient of the Most Wired Award eleven times since 2006 - most recently in 2017.

The Most Wired Hospitals are annually announced in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, a trade publication published by the American Hospital Association.

This recognition is based on technology advancements made by organizations to enhance patient safety, clinical quality and customer service in healthcare centers. The nation’s Most Wired hospitals have demonstrated better outcomes in four key areas — infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and care continuum.

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Mercy Medical Center has once again received full accreditation as a chest pain center with PCI, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization committed to improving timely, quality care for cardiac patients. The PCI designation stands for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, or opening up the heart artery. Not only has Mercy met the standards of a chest pain center but has also succeeded in meeting additional quality measures and volume of patients who needed to have a stent inserted immediately because of a heart attack. Learn more.

nurses100 Great Iowa Nurses awards outstanding nurses throughout Iowa whose courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stands out above all others. Mercy is proud to have had 43 nurses recognized for this award since the program's inception in 2005.


Mercy is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) for its excellence in providing the highest quality echo services. Awarded organizations must face a rigorous review of all aspects of laboratory operation as well as the submission of actual case studies for review.

CAP AccreditedAs a College of American Pathologists Accredited site, Mercy has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to its laboratory management by improving patient care, strengthening the deployment of quality standards and reducing errors and risk control costs.