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Upcoming changes to UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Medical Center visitor guidelines – effective March 28

St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Cedar Rapids are adjusting visitor guidelines for hospitalized patients. The changes will take effect Mon., March 28. Hospitalized patients may have four visitors (updated from two) at a time. Exceptions are as follows: At UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital: Emergency Room (ER), Behavioral Health and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation… Read more →

Grant Wood Studio Reopening for Season with Free Admission

The Grant Wood Studio and Armstrong Visitor Center will be reopening for the season on Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 p.m. Admission to the Studio is free for everyone during regular Studio hours courtesy of a grant from the Esther and Robert Armstrong Charitable Trust. Grant Wood comes to life in this light-filled, inspirational loft… Read more →

Mercy Medical Center & Mount Mercy University Announce Education Assistance Program to Jumpstart Nursing Careers

Mercy Medical Center and Mount Mercy University announce a new partnership that will help Mount Mercy students complete their nursing degrees with little to no debt – while gaining valuable, on-the-job experience as they prepare to enter the nursing workforce. The MercyReady Nursing Education Assistance Program is designed with four goals in mind: 1) provide… Read more →

Long-time Cedar Rapids pediatrician announces retirement from Mercy Pediatric Clinic

Scott Nau, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with Mercy Pediatric Clinic, is announcing his retirement after practicing in the Cedar Rapids community for 40 years. Dr. Nau will retire from practice on March 15. Throughout his years as a pediatrician, Dr. Nau has provided newborn intensive care for the community’s smallest babies; intensive care for older… Read more →

Is Someone You Love Struggling? New Resource Offers a Menu of Mental Health Services at Your Fingertips

A new “toolkit” of mental health services and resources is launching today—Valentine’s Day—to offer help and guidance if someone you love is struggling. Local mental health professionals have teamed up to offer a new mobile-friendly website called GetHelpNowCR.com. This web and mobile site is a one-stop shop designed to offer immediate information and assistance to… Read more →

Community Members Encouraged to Express their Appreciation for Healthcare Workers

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is asking community members to express their appreciation for our healthcare workers on Valentine’s Day or any day in February. Individuals may consider showing their gratitude or appreciation for a healthcare worker at UnityPoint Health by completing an act of kindness. Here are some ideas: Send a free e-card to… Read more →

The Mercy Touch Plan

The Family Caregivers Center recently started a new program called “ The Mercy Touch Plan.” Cindy, a Center donor and volunteer, developed and is now coordinating The Mercy Touch Plan, which utilizes Center volunteers to make follow-up phone calls to caregivers

Mercy President & CEO, Tim Charles, announces planned retirement

After 19 years with Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Timothy Charles, president and CEO, has announced his planned retirement, effective Dec.31, 2022. Charles joined Mercy in 2003 as executive vice president and COO and was later appointed president and CEO in July of 2007 by the Board of Trustees. “Mercy is fortunate to have… Read more →

Mercy’s open heart program once again recognized with distinguished STS three-star rating

The open heart program at the Jewel & Jim Plumb Heart Center at Mercy Cedar Rapids 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 (CABG). This distinction reflects exemplary results in the following areas:… Read more →

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids President and CEO Named one of Becker’s Hospital Review 113 Great Leaders in Healthcare

President and CEO Michelle Niermann has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review 113 Great Leaders In HealthCare list. Becker’s noted in announcing its list that strong leaders are needed in healthcare to navigate their organizations through the pandemic and digital transformation. According to Becker’s, the leaders on the list “champion innovation and have built… Read more →