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What happened with Cardiologists, LC (UnityPoint Clinic-Cardiology) and Mercy Medical Center?
Cardiologists, LC (now called UnityPoint Clinic – Cardiology) has notified Mercy Medical Center of their decision to no longer provide care for cardiac patients at Mercy, effective June 1.That means in order for patients to continue to receive cardiac care at Mercy they will need to switch to a cardiologist at Cedar Rapids Heart Center, P.C.
Who can I call at Mercy if I have questions about this?
Please call Molly Flynn, Director, Clinic Operations at Mercy, at (319) 398-6131 if you have questions about the change in cardiology providers that is not answered in the questions below.
Can I still choose Mercy for cardiac care?
Yes! To continue to receive cardiac care at Mercy, patients will need to switch to a cardiologist at Cedar Rapids Heart Center.
How do I change to Cedar Rapids Heart Center?
Call Cedar Rapids Heart Center at (319) 832-2328 and they will assist you in the transfer of your records. You will need to complete a brief consent to release form. Staff can coordinate the transfer of your records in the simplest way for you.
Would my care be coordinated between Mercy and Cedar Rapids Heart Center?
Yes. As of June 1, Cedar Rapids Heart Center and Mercy along with MercyCare Community Physicians will coordinate care through a single, shared electronic health record to provide you with seamless care between your doctors and the hospital. This will be the area’s first comprehensive, coordinated medical record that provides you and your doctors access to the same critical information as your hospital of choice. In addition, Cedar Rapids Heart Center is conveniently connected to Mercy in the 8th & 8th Medical Office Building at 788 8th Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids.
What if I think I’m having a heart attack – can I still go to Mercy? Can I use the ER for heart care?
Absolutely. In fact, as the area’s first hospital accredited as a Chest Pain Center, you will be cared for by a very skilled and expert team should you need emergent heart care. Mercy is the only hospital in the area that has provided door-to-balloon times less than the national average for 100% of our heart attack patients for nearly four years. And, Mercy is the only hospital that gives immediate stress test to patients with low or moderate chest pain in the ER. You don’t have to wait until the next day or two to go to the doctor’s office and find out the extent of your condition. Mercy provides that information immediately.
As a result of UnityPoint Clinic – Cardiology’s decision, if you come to Mercy’s ER with heart care needs you will be cared for by a cardiologist with Cedar Rapids Heart Center and not a cardiologist with UnityPoint Clinic – Cardiology.
Are services any different at Mercy Medical Center than St. Luke’s?
Mercy offers comprehensive heart care. We have the staff, technology and expertise to offer the same tests, procedures and interventions as St. Luke’s, with the one exception being open heart surgery, which only a small percentage of cardiac patients require. In fact, Mercy’s heart team has outperformed area, state and national hospitals in many quality measures, earning the hospital many awards, including recently being rated #1 in Linn County for medical excellence in cardiac care by CareChex®.
If my doctor now only goes to St. Luke’s, what are my options if I want to continue receiving care at Mercy Medical Center?
You will need to switch to begin receiving cardiology services from a cardiologist at Cedar Rapids Heart Center. They are located next to Mercy in the 8th & 8th Medical Office Building at 788 8th Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. To make your transfer as seamless as possible, please call Cedar Rapids Heart Center’s main number at (319) 832-2328.
I have Sierra Health (Medicare) coverage. Does this require me to go to Mercy and, if so, what do I need to do?
Yes, as a Mercy-exclusive Medicare plan, you need to receive your care at Mercy in order to be covered under the plan. You will need to switch to begin receiving cardiology services from a cardiologist at Cedar Rapids Heart Center. To make your transfer as seamless as possible, please call Cedar Rapids Heart Center’s main number at (319) 832-2328.
Is Cedar Rapids Heart Center located in Iowa City/connected to an Iowa City group?
Physicians at Cedar Rapids Heart Center serve only patients in Cedar Rapids. The practice is based in Cedar Rapids, with doctors residing in Cedar Rapids serving only patients in the Cedar Rapids office. The Cedar Rapids practice developed when physicians from the Iowa City Heart Center responded to requests from Cedar Rapids area patients and referring physicians to add local heart services in Cedar Rapids. The group that developed has served Cedar Rapids exclusively since then.