Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa has been named a Top 100 Hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters healthcare information firm, Mercy officials announced Tuesday.
It is the ninth year Mercy-North Iowa has been named to the list, making it the only hospital in Iowa to have achieved that level of success.
Mercy is one of only two hospitals in Iowa to make the list this year. The other hospital is St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Mercy-North Iowa is one of only 15 hospitals in the nation to have made the list for nine or more years.
"This recognition cannot be purchased. It must be earned," said Rod Schlader, Mercy interim president/CEO, in a prepared statement."And by earning it, Mercy-North Iowa has proven it is a strong and thriving organization that makes our patients a priority."
The award recognizes hospitals for being a reliable provider of high value and effective care to patients and the community.
Thomson Reuters reports that 100 Top Hospitals have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free and have lower expenses, all while maintaining financial stability.
Thomson Reuters Healthcare estimates if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved; approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free; more than $4.3 billion could be saved; and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
"As a 100 Top Hospitals winner, your overall composite score represents the positive impact of leadership on the value you provide to your community," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at the 100 Top Hospitals Programs. "The leadership team, medical staff and employees — together as a team — have set national benchmarks for the highest balanced perfomance in the nation."