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Published on February 19, 2009

Mercy Interventional Pain Management Center awarded accreditation

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mercy Medical Center's Interventional Pain Management Center has been awarded Pain Program Accreditation by the American Academy of Pain Management, the nation's largest interdisciplinary pain management organization that serves clinicians through education and advocacy. As part of the accreditation process, the Mercy Interventional Pain Management Center underwent a rigorous process in which Academy surveyors evaluated the facility based on criteria such as its commitment to quality care, concern for patients, and the use of outcomes measurement to continuously improve quality of care.

"The Academy has awarded Mercy Interventional Pain Management Center a three-year accreditation as an inpatient/outpatient small multidisciplinary pain management program," says Dr. Lawrence Short, surveyor.  "The dedication of the Center's staff and leadership has resulted in a very solid, cooperative organizational climate.  The Center is able to provide a continuity of care that serves patients with a smooth flow from intake through procedure to recovery."

Kris DeHaan, PT, Director of Mercy's Regional Spine and Back Pain Center, says, "It's wonderful to be given recognition for what our physicians and staff do every day.  Our goal at Mercy is to deliver the highest standard of care to our patients, and this accreditation is evidence of that."

Mercy Interventional Pain Management Center provides an interdisciplinary approach to pain management by integrating interventional services with behavioral counseling, physical therapy, free educational classes, stress management and relaxation techniques.  The Center provides care for those patients dealing with back, neck and spine pain, as well as pain caused by cancer. 

For more information about the Center, contact Mercy Interventional Pain Management Center at (319) 398-6636 or visit  For more information about the Academy, go to, or call (209) 533-9744