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Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®' Recognition from The Joint Commission

November 17, 2014

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission.

Mercy was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart surgery, pneumonia and surgical care. Mercy is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

“Our staff and medical staff work diligently to deliver best practice care in the safest environment possible for each and every patient,” said Bob Ritz, Mercy president. “We call this the Mercy Experience — where patients can expect and consistently receive the best care and service from everyone involved with their medical care and stay. This focus provides us with the opportunity to develop even better care and wellness processes in the future for the communities we serve.”

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Mercy Des Moines for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions which increases the chances of healthy outcomes for patients. Mercy has been recognized previously by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer.

About Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Mercy operates two hospital campuses, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is an 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893. Mercy is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state — with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 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 96 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.