Family Caregivers Center of Mercy Honored by American Hospital Association

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (October 15, 2018) – The Family Caregivers Center of Mercy is one of four programs in the nation recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as a winner of its Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).   The AHA HAVE Awards Program is in its 35th year and highlights the extraordinary efforts… Read more →

Ted Townsend, Charter Board Member of the MedQuarter Regional Medical District in Cedar Rapids, Announces Retirement

Cedar Rapids, IOWA —Theodore Townsend, Jr., president and CEO of UnityPoint Health™ – Cedar Rapids and interim president and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Dubuque, has announced his plans to retire December 31, 2018. His retirement will conclude 39 years in the health care industry and 16 with UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids, one of… Read more →

St. Luke’s Hospital a First for International Study for New Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure

Cedar Rapids, IOWA— Doctors at the UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Heart and Vascular Institute recently implanted a medical device aimed at helping patients with chronic heart failure at St. Luke’s Hospital. This implantation of the VITARIA™ System by LivaNova PLC is part of the company’s Autonomic Regulation Therapy (ART) to Enhance Myocardial Function and… Read more →

Especially for You Race Celebrates 28 Years with 15,200 Participants

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Oct. 7, 2018) – Nearly 15,200 people registered for the 28th annual Especially For You® Race Against Breast Cancer, which took place today at Mercy Medical Center.     Proceeds from race registrations benefit the Especially for You fund. This year more than $452,000 in registrations was raised for the fund, which provides… Read more →

Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer Marks its 28th Year

Registration is open through race morning, Sunday, Oct. 7 CEDAR RAPDIS, IA (Sept. 27, 2018) – The 28th annual Especially for You® (EFY) Race Against Breast Cancer is almost here!  To date, more than 14,000 people have registered to participate in the Oct. 7 race. The race supports the Especially for You fund, providing mammograms,… Read more →

MedQ Park on 3rd and MedQ Mile Now Open to the Public

The MedQuarter Regional Medical District held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 for two initiatives that work toward the District’s Master Development Plan: the MedQuarter’s new pocket park, “MedQ Park on 3rd” and the MedQ Mile walking route. Cedar Rapids Mayor Hart, members of the Cedar Rapids Medical SSMID Commission, and other local… Read more →

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Launches Online ER Check-in

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s launches online ER Check-in     UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital has launched online ER Check-in, allowing patients who have minor injuries and illnesses to check-in online and wait at home, not in the ER.   To use the new service, visit and choose a time to visit the… Read more →

Mercy & Alliant Energy Join Forces to Promote the Power of Pink

Mercy Medical Center and Alliant Energy are joining forces to light the night pink on Thursday, October 4.  The Power of Pink event will mark the arrival of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — October — with a lighting ceremony, fireworks, live music and giveaways to promote awareness and early detection. The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center,… Read more →

UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Launches Online ER Check-In for Patients

St. Luke’s Hospital has launched online ER Check-in, enabling patients who plan to visit St. Luke’s Emergency Room (ER) to save a spot in line online.   To use the new service, individuals should visit, and choose a time to visit the ER. Once a patient schedules a time, they will receive a text confirmation of their… Read more →

UnityPoint Health Awarded for Tackling Health Care Challenges

Information and technology service firm Optum awarded UnityPoint Health a winner in the 2018 Inspiration in Health Care Awards, specifically in health care delivery. “UnityPoint Health is developing new and innovative ways to coordinate care for patients,” Sue Thompson, Senior Vice President, Integration and Optimization, stated in a press release. “As an example of the… Read more →