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Mercy earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Recognition from The Joint Commission

November 22, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa— Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, a leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The Joint Commission recognized Mercy for exemplary performance in the use of evidence-based clinical practices that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. Mercy was chosen as a Top Performer for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on the use of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

“Mercy and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.

“This recognition is a testament to the pursuit of excellence by our Mercy physicians and staff,” says Mercy President Bob Ritz. “Evidence-based care has helped Mercy achieve clinical successes for many years. We are a firm believer in the benefits of evidence-based care for our patients from a quality and safety perspective. Mercy will remain committed to evidence-based care and the ongoing accreditation process provided by The Joint Commission. Both encourage innovation, which leads to better quality. Our physicians and staff contribute to the body-of-knowledge for evidence-based practices on a regular basis— helping to improve care processes for everyone.”

Mercy physicians and clinical staff throughout the organization are involved in research and process improvement, which leads to advances in existing evidence-based care. Iowa Heart Center physicians at Mercy have provided significant contributions for heart attack care, improving the quality of life for heart failure patients and testing new surgical interventions to improve life for high-risk cardiac patients. Mercy physicians and staff are also leaders in national evidence-based efforts to reduce cases of pneumonia in critical care settings. In some cases, pneumonia in critical care units was eliminated for more than a year. This important work has led to improved quality of care for the most fragile infants who are born prematurely to senior patients.       

About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is an 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital situated on three campuses.  Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines. It also is one of the largest employers in the state, with more than 7,100 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and allied health associates. Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 87 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.

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