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Quality Data

When it comes to your health, Mercy adheres to the highest standards established by healthcare governing agencies and operates to achieve nationally ranked quality.

This section provides you information on how we perform in several clinical areas including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery and stroke.  Some of the topics will link you directly to the Medicare site so you can see how Mercy compares with other hospitals.

Faster leads to better outcomes.

Mercy treats heart attack patients 25 minutes quicker than the national average.

Inpatient Quality Measures

Heart Attack or Chest Pain Process of Care Measures

An acute myocardial infarction (AMI), also called a heart attack, happens when one of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked and the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart muscle is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the affected heart tissue may die. These measures show some of the standards of care provided, if appropriate, for most adults who have had a heart attack. See Mercy's Heart Attack data.

Pneumonia Process of Care Measures

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that causes difficulty breathing, fever, cough and fatigue. These measures show some of the recommended treatments for pneumonia. See Mercy's Pneumonia data.

Heart Failure Process of Care Measures

Heart Failure is a weakening of the heart's pumping power. With heart failure, your body doesn't get enough oxygen and nutrients to meet its needs. These measures show some of the process of care provided for most adults with heart failure. See Mercy's Heart Failure data.

Learn more about Mercy's Timely & Effective Care from Medicare's Hospital Compare website.

Outcomes, Readmission & Deaths

Hospital Readmission Rates Outcome of Care Measures

"30-Day Readmission" is when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to go back into a hospital again within 30 days of their discharge. Below, the rates of readmission for each hospital are compared to the U.S. National Rate. The rates take into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital. See Mercy's Readmissions & Deaths data.

Surgical Complications

This section shows serious complications that patients with Original Medicare experienced during a hospital stay, and how often patients who were admitted with certain conditions died while they were in the hospital. These complications and deaths can often be prevented if hospitals follow procedures based on best practices and scientific evidence. See Mercy's Surgical Complications data.

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-Associated Infections calculations compare the number of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in a hospital intensive care unit or Surgical Site Infections from operative procedures performed in a hospital to a national benchmark. See Mercy's Healthcare-Associated Infections data.

Stroke Data

Our Quality Results
Evidence-based practice and technology for effective stroke care
  • Dedicated nurse-led stroke team to assist with stroke alerts and review data for improvement. Team provides educational feedback to EMS and ED on stroke alerts.
  • Feedback on time-to-treat is made available to a referring hospital to assist with process improvement.
  • Emergent transfer capability to Iowa’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center for invasive treatment, including intra-arterial tPA and devices for clot removal.
  • Neurosurgery coverage.
  • State-of-the-art 320-slice CT scanner, which includes perfusion scanning for stroke and assists with treatment decisions.
  • Stroke recovery is facilitated by early rehabilitation as an acute inpatient and smooth transfer to inpatient rehabilitation center at Mercy.
Patient-centered activities to round out the continuum of care
  • Mercy Medical Center sponsors a Stroke Clinic and an annual Stroke Camp. In cooperation with PCI Neurology, a nurse practitioner and a nurse educator see patients one month post-discharge to evaluate rehab progress and needs, medication compliance, risk factor re-evaluation, health and wellness encouragement, and connect with the community for support as needed.  
  • The yearly Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp held at Camp Courageous is sponsored by corridor hospitals; stroke survivors and caretakers are encouraged to attend.
  • Mercy co-founded a “Stamp Out Stroke” Support Group with another area hospital to provide a support mechanism for stroke patients.

Heart Attack Care

When you're having a heart attack, seconds count. "Door to Balloon" refers to the time it takes from when a patient enters the ER to when they receive life-saving intervention in the cath lab via heart vessel balloon angioplasty. See how we rate here. 

Four Years and Counting: In June 2013, Mercy celebrated four years of providing 100 percent of our patients door to balloon times more quickly than the national average of 90 minutes. The Mercy Touch at work – we're the only hospital in the area and part of a select few in the nation to reach this milestone.

The culture at Mercy changed because of absolute transparency and strong physician leaders.