Talking Points from the Iowa Department of Public Health: COVID-19 

Issued 2/26/2020 There is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. While most COVID-19 cases are associated with travel to or from China, person-to-person spread is now being reported in other places, including Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore,… Read more →

MercyCare Urgent Care Offers New Video Visits to Accommodate Patient Needs

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Feb. 20, 2020) – Medical care on nights and weekends is now as close as a patient’s cell phone, tablet or computer. MercyCare Community Physicians is introducing video visits to provide after-hours healthcare to patients. Video visits offer patients (ages 5 and older) access to a local MercyCare healthcare provider through Mercy’s… Read more →

Mercy offers Prom 2020: Your Skin Is In!

Experts will offer tips on looking great for prom – without tanning CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Jan. 9, 2020) – Mercy Medical Center’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is hosting a free, pre-prom skin cancer awareness event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.  The event is aimed at educating young people about sun protection and… Read more →

Newly Renovated St. Luke’s Cafeteria Complete, Open to Public

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids opened its newly renovated kitchen and cafeteria named Ten Twenty-Six Grille this morning at a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting. The extensive renovation that started last December updates the 1950s-era kitchen, and equips it with state-of-the-art facilities, including an updated tray line, dish room and food… Read more →

Mercy Donates AEDs to Area Schools, Churches, Non-Profit Organizations

CEDAR RAPIDS (Dec. 2, 2019) – Mercy Medical Center is donating Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to 10 area schools, churches and community organizations in the coming days, bringing the number of AEDs the hospital has donated to 73 since the program began in 2014. AEDs are portable devices that check heart rhythm and treat Sudden… Read more →

Two Corridor Hospitals Named Among Best for Cardio Treatment

Mercy Iowa City and UnityPoint – St. Luke’s Hospital of Cedar Rapids have both received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. They were among only five hospitals in Iowa and 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor, which recognizes hospitals participating in the Chest… Read more →

Health Technology Fabrication Lab Generate @ UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids Opens to encourage innovation at hospital bedside & clinics

Cedar Rapids, Iowa— UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is opening generate @ St. Luke’s to provide hospital and clinic employees and patients access to world class tools to create and fabricate the future of healthcare devices. UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids partnered with Boston-based MakerHealth for the construction and ideation of an open-access medical technology… Read more →

MedQuarter Child Care Feasibility Study Completes Second of Three Phases

Linn County has lost 41% of its child care businesses over the past five years. Lack of affordable, quality child care has many negative impacts on people and communities. Like employers across the region, employers in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District recognize the impact that lack of access to quality and affordable child care can… Read more →

Mercy Cedar Rapids Releases 2019 Annual Report

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Nov. 7, 2019) – Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has released its 2019 annual report, demonstrating its commitment to homegrown healthcare, care for our community provided by our community. Mercy has been rooted in eastern Iowa for nearly 120 years. Growing with community needs, today Mercy is one of few remaining… Read more →

Mercy Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Identified for Federal Advisory Council

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (October 31, 2019) – President Trump announced his intention this week to appoint Mercy’s anti-human trafficking coordinator, Teresa Davidson, to a national council against human trafficking. Once her appointment is signed, Davidson will be one of nine people that are part of the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking.  As… Read more →