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Mercy Partners With Local Shelters to Provide Vaccine to Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

CEDAR RAPDIS, IA (April 15, 2021) –  Mercy Medical Center partnered with local shelters today to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Cedar Rapids community. The effort is part of a community initiative to get vaccinations to those who might have difficulty obtaining them otherwise. “We realize that people experiencing homelessness may… Read more →

Mercy Birthplace & NICU receives grant from Variety – The Children’s Charity

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (April 12, 2021) – Mercy Medical Center has received a $20,384 grant from Variety – The Children’s Charity. The grant will fund items for Mercy’s Birthplace & NICU, including bassinets; a Novum neonatal cribette; a medical storage cart; Mamaroo baby swings; and treasure chest items for siblings. The Variety grant will ensure… Read more →

Cedar Rapids Hospitals Set to Lift Some Restrictions

By Michaela Ramm, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS – For the first time since the pandemic began and local health care facilities went on lockdown, both Cedar Rapids hospitals have lifted some visitor restrictions. Starting Monday, hospitalized patients and those in the emergency room at either Mercy Medical Center or UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital can have… Read more →

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids employees to receive trees through Planting Forward Campaign

Approximately 1,000 UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids team members impacted by last year’s derecho are set to receive free trees thanks to the Planting Forward campaign through the Monarch Research Group (MRG), a Marion non-profit organization. The Monarch Research Group created the Planting Forward program with dual goals of replanting derecho 2020 impacted yards across… Read more →

Gilded Pear Gallery 10th Anniversary Celebration – Gallery Swing-in

Swing in to Gilded Pear Gallery with your mask on for a quick hello and pick up a sweet treat April 1-3 during regular business hours to celebrate Gilded Pear Gallery’s 10th anniversary! We’re looking forward to an in-person celebration this summer once everyone has a chance to get vaccines. Bonus!  Gilded Pear Gallery will… Read more →

Mercy Emergency Rooms offer new “On My Way” service

Mercy Cedar Rapids is launching a new service for patients of Mercy’s Emergency Rooms. The online service is called “On My Way,” and it’s designed to let patients see the wait times online for both Mercy’s downtown and Hiawatha ER locations. The system then alerts the respective ER staff that the patient is on their… Read more →

Alternative Treatment for Sleep Apnea Now Offered at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder, which affects two to four percent of adults according to the National Institutes of Health. This chronic condition occurs when the soft tissues in your throat, like the tongue, relax during sleep and block and obstruct the airway, causing breathing to start and stop during sleep. OSA is… Read more →

St. Luke’s Announces Third Floor Modernization Project

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital will begin a $14 million inpatient modernization project this spring that will result in a greatly improved environment of care for its medical and surgical patients. St. Luke’s will begin renovation of its third floor in May. The project will completely replace its current medical/surgical inpatient units, which were… Read more →

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s First Cedar Rapids Hospital to Offer Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Heart & Vascular Institute and St. Luke’s is the first hospital in Cedar Rapids to offer a minimally invasive mitral valve repair. The procedure is called MitraClip. The procedure is appropriate for patients diagnosed with mitral regurgitation (MR). Cardiologists at St. Luke’s started offering the treatment option for individuals who… Read more →

Mercy’s Vaccination Information & Reminders

COVID-19 Vaccination Information As you may know, per CDC guidelines, the state of Iowa recently announced that it was expanding the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include those 64 years of age and younger with medical conditions that put them at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. As a result and per Linn County Public… Read more →