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Mercy Receives Grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity

Mercy Medical Center has received a $19,000 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity. The grant will fund items for Mercy’s Birthplace and NICU, including an IntelliVue X3 Patient Monitor and two GE Bilirubin Spot Lites. The Variety grant will support patient care in the following ways: The IntelliVue X3 Patient Monitor is state-of-the-art technology… Read more →

Partnership Between UnityPoint-St. Luke’s, Kirkwood Hoping to Recruit More Nurses

Article from A new partnership between UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital and Kirkwood Community College is hoping to address the nursing shortage at the hospital. The Nursing Promise Program is open for students graduating this year and next, and will give them financial assistance if they agree to work in an area of need at St.… Read more →

Mercy Names New President and CEO

The Board of Trustees at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has selected Timothy Quinn, MD, as its next President & CEO, effective January 1, 2023. Dr. Quinn will replace Timothy Charles, who earlier this year announced his planned retirement for December 31, 2022. Dr. Quinn’s selection was a result of the Mercy Board of… Read more →

Mercy Endoscopy Unit Recognized for Quality & Safety

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), has recognized the endoscopy unit at Mercy Cedar Rapids as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy.  The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria… Read more →

St. Luke’s Hospital Offering New Prostate Cancer Imaging Agent

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Imaging/Nuclear Medicine Department is now offering the recent FDA approved prostate cancer imaging agent, Illuccix injection. According to a news release, this new PET/CT imaging agent can aid clinicians in determining extent of disease in men with prostate cancer. St. Luke’s team imaged its first patient using the agent… Read more →

St. Luke’s innovation lab creates gaming keyboard for spinal care patient

Lotus Friedman, a 13-year-old hospitalized at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids after sustaining an acute spinal cord injury, is finally able to play video games since a skiing accident in January caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down. While treating her injuries, a St. Luke’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation… Read more →

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Accredited by American College of Radiation Oncology

Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center has received full accreditation from the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). ACRO accreditation is a voluntary process in which professional peers identify standards indicative of a quality practice and an audit is conducted to ensure that the standards are followed. During an on-site inspection at Mercy, the professional… Read more →

UnityPoint Health Partnering with Bank of America to Address Healthcare Workforce Issues Through Pilot Pathways Program

UnityPoint Health® is proud to announce a partnership with Bank of America that provides the health system with a loaned executive to help advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in hiring and career advancement. This is Bank of America’s first loaned executive in the state of Iowa. Kechi Kwizera, a Senior Vice President & Director… Read more →

Tanager Place Asks Region to ‘Taco Bout’ Mental Health in May

Tanager Place is recognizing National Mental Health Awareness Month in 2022 with a twist that everyone can relate to – food! According to Mental Health America, nearly 1 in 2 Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some time in their life. However, according to the National Alliance on Mental… Read more →

Mercy Cedar Rapids’ Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Receives Top Performer Award

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Mercy Cedar Rapids was recently awarded the Uniform Data System (UDS) for Medical Rehabilitation Top Performer Award in recognition of its outstanding rehabilitation program performance. UDS maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes. “We strive to take excellent care of our patients and we have good outcomes,”… Read more →