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Multi-state Meningitis Outbreak Update

October 10, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa)­—Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines recently it’s been discovered that aspergillus contaminated methylprednisolone injections from New England Compounding Center (NECC) have been distributed nationally, which has resulted in over one hundred cases of meningitis and several deaths. Mercy Clinics, Inc. and Mercy Pharmacies have not distributed and do not possess any NECC methylprednisolone.

Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they update nationally regarding this issue. Details on the outbreak can be found here:

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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 and one of the largest employers in the state, with nearly 6,900 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and 200 allied health professionals.

Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. For more information, visit

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