Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
This is a regional community hospital located near the center of Mason City, Iowa and serves a 14-county area in North Iowa. Services include invasive cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, dialysis, interventional radiology, and vascular surgery. Mercy Cancer Center is adjacent to the hospital and offers full-spectrum cancer therapy. Helicopter transport to and from the medical center is available 24-hours a day. The hospital uses a sophisticated electronic medical record with connectivity to clinics and departments within the system. Palliative medicine consultation is available in all departments throughout the hospital. The palliative medicine outpatient clinic is also located in the hospital.
Mercy-North Iowa has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation for nine years; a Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital for nine years; received Uniform Data System's (UDS) "Top Performer Award," for the Acute Rehabilitation Unit for the fourth year; and named a Top 500 Home Health Care Provider (Mercy Home Care) by OCS Homecare.
This 6-bed unit opened in 1991 and is located 1½ miles from Mercy North Iowa Medical Center in a residential area of Mason City. Because of the unique nature of this facility in Iowa, special legislation was pursued, introduced, and passed that created a defined area within the Iowa Code to allow freestanding hospice inpatient units. The inpatient unit is an historic home originally built in 1874. Over one million dollars was raised to renovate the building, with the Elizabeth Muse Norris Chartable Trust providing a major gift, thus giving the inpatient unit its name. The inpatient unit staff provides expert symptom management for patients dealing with complications of advanced disease, and compassionate and comprehensive care for dying patients. In fiscal year 2009 267 patients were cared for at the inpatient unit, with an average length of stay of 3.3 days.
Mercy West Campus
The Skilled Nursing Unit and the Rehabilitation Unit are located at this site, 2 miles to the west of Mercy North Iowa Medical Center. The Skilled Nursing Unit provides skilled care for patients who have been hospitalized at the local hospital or who have returned from tertiary centers for additional care. Patients originally seen by the palliative medicine consult team while at acute care are followed at skilled care. Palliative medicine consultations are also initiated at the Skilled Nursing Unit when requested by referring physicians.
An elective experience in Rehabilitation Medicine is available at this site.
Though not a part of the Mercy North Iowa health system, Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services is located just adjacent to the Mercy West Campus. An elective in alcohol and drug addiction treatment is available at this site.