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Mercy’s Open Heart Program Once Again Rated Among Elite in the Nation

The open heart program at Mercy’s Heart Center has, once again, earned a distinguished, three-star rating in overall performance from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting. This distinction reflects exemplary results in the following areas: absence of major mortality and morbidity; use of internal… Read more →

RHCR looking for submissions for Valentine’s Day plays

Rich Heritage of Cedar Rapids theater troupe, which produces shows for adult and youth actors and audiences, is staging its first combined youth and adult production for Valentine’s Day weekend. Those who love to write plays or skits, or have ever considered being a playwright, are invited to show their creative and romantic side. The… Read more →

Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center earns national accreditation from Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has once again granted Three-Year Accreditation to Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must: meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards; be evaluated every three years through a survey process; and maintain levels of… Read more →

Mercy launches new COVID at Home program to provide care and assistance for those recovering at home

CEDAR RAPDIS, IA (Jan. 6, 2021) – Mercy Medical Center is offering a new at-home care program for patients with mild to low-risk COVID-19 symptoms who are diagnosed and discharged from Mercy’s Emergency Room. Mercy’s COVID at Home program – which was launched on Dec. 1, 2020 – combines telehealth technology, portable medical monitoring equipment,… Read more →

Mercy Donates AEDs to Area Schools, Churches and Non-Profits

Mercy Medical Center is donating 12 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to area schools, churches and community organizations this month, bringing the number of AEDs the hospital has donated to 85 since the program began in 2014. AEDs are portable devices that check heart rhythm and treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  When needed, an AED can… Read more →

Mercy’s ‘Healthy Holiday Eating Options’

Food is one of the focuses during get-togethers, but you can make your holiday meal just as delicious without the unhealthy ingredients. Below are a few healthy options to keep in mind as you make your families meal and eat together. Include All Food Groups In addition to lean meat, include wheat bread, fresh fruits… Read more →

Mercy Releases 2020 Annual Report: Put Your Mercy On

This year has required Mercy to evolve, think and work differently. Through COVID-19 and the derecho, our teams have “put our Mercy on” to provide quality, safe care for the community. Learn more in our 2020 Annual Report.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Closes Grant Wood Studio for the Season Early This Year

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art announced today it has closed Grant Wood Studio for the season due to COVID-19 and the resulting decline in visitors. The studio normally closes from January through March. “The studio is primarily a tourist destination, and even though we follow strict CDC safety protocols, visitorship has declined significantly,” CRMA… Read more →

Gems of Hope’s Hope Blooms “Show Your Blooms Off” Notecard Art Contest

Gems of Hope is holding a contest to select artwork for the 2022 Hope Blooms daffodil fundraiser notecard! Notecard Art Contest Prompt: Create DAFFODIL art to be used on the 2022 notecards for the 2022 Hope Blooms Campaign. Digital submissions will be accepted for the “people’s choice” contest through January 8, 2021. 15 finalists will… Read more →

Cedar Rapids Healthcare Providers Recommend Celebrating Holidays With Immediate Household Only

Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital are encouraging Eastern Iowans to rethink plans for traditional Thanksgiving gatherings. Hospital officials say the safest way to spend the holiday is to celebrate only with individuals in the immediate household.  This echoes similar guidance shared Monday evening by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. The recent… Read more →