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Winter 2013

The Mercy Touch magazine features insightful and practical medical information, warm human interest stories, medical triumphs, medical breakthroughs and new technologies at Mercy Medical Center. Sign up to get it in the mail.

Hate to Wait?

Hate to Wait?

When you have to devote several hours three times a week to receive dialysis treatments, you don’t want to spend extra time in the waiting room. Read more.

Five-Day Forecast

Five-Day Forecast

Pauline Mason was enjoying her job of 25 years as a storeroom clerk, spending time with her grown children and grandchildren, and looking forward to retirement. Then, she heard the “C” (cancer) word. Read more.

Automated Anesthesia

Automated Anesthesia

Linn County Anesthesiologists and Mercy
Medical Center’s Pharmacy have collaborated to bring the Corridor’s only automated anesthesia to Mercy’s surgery suites.
Read more.

Life Never Tasted So Good

Life Never Tasted So Good

Any one of the daunting hardships Randy Kelley has endured would have overwhelmed someone else. Remarkable determination carried him through heart bypass surgery, kidney cancer, kidney dialysis and a kidney transplant. Read part 1 and part 2.

Care Coordination

Care Coordination

A unique partnership between Mercy’s Dialysis Center and the University of Iowa Organ Transplant Program played a key role in guiding Randy Kelley’s recovery. 
Read more.

Quality Data

Quality Data: A Thorough Examination

Information is power. Savvy consumers are demanding quality data from hospitals, providers and clinics in order to make the best possible healthcare decisions. 
Read part 1 and part 2.

Expect Specialized Cancer Surgeons

Expect Specialized Cancer Surgeons

A chance meeting with cancer surgeon Vincent Reid, MD, in the hallway at Mercy
Medical Center made all the difference in Helen Secrist’s quality of life. Read more.

500+ Employees

500+ Employees

RuffaloCODY is a highly successful company with a passionate commitment to improving the health of its 500+ employees. That commitment comes from the top down,
with CEO Al Ruffalo. Read more.

Pounds Away

Pounds Away

With the first year of RuffaloCODY's health and wellness program at an end, the success stories just keep rolling in. Jacqueline Gregory is 42 pounds lighter with a new sense of balance in her life. Read more.

Fragile: Handle with Care

Fragile: Handle with Care

Helen Neal had tender skin that was susceptible to painful tearing that took weeks or even months to heal. Her children wished she could wear a sign saying, "Fragile: Handle with Care." Read more.

Put On Ice

Put On Ice

Amy Watkins’ heart broke – literally. The 51-year-old was eating lunch one minute
and unconscious the next when her heart simply stopped working correctly. Read more.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings

Sarah Shebek was looking forward to her baby’s arrival last October. But the baby’s birth was not without complications. The Shebeks credit the excellent care by Birthplace and NICU staff with keeping their baby safe. Read more.