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St. Luke’s Nassif Heart Sign Updated

Traffic along Interstate 380 is seeing a change to the Cedar Rapids skyline at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital. The derecho damaged the Cedar Rapids Heart Hospital’s sign and part of the building last August, and the repairs gave St. Luke’s the opportunity to refresh the Nassif Heart Center design. The new sign was… Read more →

Mercy Cedar Rapids Prepares to Break Ground on The Heart Center at Mercy

Mercy Cedar Rapids is set to break ground on its long-envisioned, free-standing facility dedicated to advanced heart and vascular care. The Heart Center at Mercy is designed to be Linn County’s largest and most comprehensive such facility, offering integrated, patient-centered care and state-of-the-art technology. This unique facility, scheduled to open in mid-2023, will bring heart… Read more →

St. Luke’s Among Nation’s Top Performing for Treatment of Heart Attack

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, the highest-level chest pain award. The award recognizes St. Luke’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it has reached an aggressive… Read more →

Dr. Velu Balasubramanian joins Mercy Cedar Rapids’ cardiothoracic and vascular surgery program

Mercy Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of cardiothoracic surgeon Velu Balasubramanian, MD, to Mercy’s Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Services. The addition of Dr. Balasubramanian marks the next step in the ongoing progression and growth of Mercy’s cardiac and thoracic surgery program. He joins CC Lee, MD, FACS, as the program’s second open heart… Read more →

PCI ENT Adds Augmented Reality Imaging System

Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa’s Ear, Nose and Throat/Head and Neck Surgery clinic recently announced the installation of a new sinus imaging and guiding system that uses augmented reality. The Stryker ENT navigation system, powered by Scopis software, provides a solution for the difficult challenge of navigating patient sinus cavities during surgery. “Sinus navigation is essentially… Read more →

FDA Gives Full Approval to Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, potentially boosting public confidence in the shots and instantly opening the way for more universities, companies and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory. The Pentagon promptly announced it will press ahead with plans to force members of the military to get vaccinated amid the battle… Read more →

Mercy Cedar Rapids Adjusts Visitor Policies and Safety Measures

Mercy Cedar Rapids has adjusted its safety measures and visitor guidelines as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising around the country and locally because of the spread of the new and highly contagious Delta variant. The following changes are in effect: All inpatient admissions will be tested for COVID-19. Patient visitation hours will be… Read more →

Tanager Place LGBTQ Center Receives Grant

Tanager Place recently received a $30,000 grant award from Amerigroup, An Anthem Company. The monies received will support the efforts of the Tanager Place LGBTQ Center located on the main level of The Estle Center, 1030 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tanager Place LGBTQ Center

St. Luke’s Birth Care Center first and only hospital in Iowa to treat postpartum hemorrhage with Jada System

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has a new tool aimed at making childbirth safer. Last month, St. Luke’s became the first and only hospital in the state to use the Jada System for controlling and treating postpartum hemorrhage (abnormal uterine bleeding). Uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth is an emergency requiring immediate intervention. Mothers welcoming babies… Read more →

UnityPoint Health Requires All Team Members to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 by Nov. 1, 2021

UnityPoint Health is announcing today it will require its more than 33,000 team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The three-state health system also continues to urge all eligible individuals to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. “We remain incredibly grateful to our health care providers, who have seen the devastation of COVID-19… Read more →