Mercy Medical Center named top-performing hospital

Mercy Medical Center

Cedar Rapids-based Mercy Medical Center has been named to the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list, hospital officials announced in a news release. This is the ninth time that Mercy has been recognized with this honor.

Merative identified the hospitals from an evaluation of 2,650 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the United States. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health. It was established to help identify best practices that may help other health care organizations achieve consistent, balanced and sustainable high performance.

“I’m pleased that this recognition once again demonstrates Mercy’s ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care,” said Tim Charles, president and CEO, Mercy Medical Center, in a news release. “Even throughout the challenges we have faced during the pandemic, our caregivers strive every day to achieve a hospital-wide culture of excellence across all services, from patient care and clinical areas to facilities and room service.”

According to Merative, as compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals on the list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators, such as survival rates; patient complications; health care-associated infections; 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates; length of stay; throughput in emergency departments; inpatient expenses; profitability; and patient satisfaction ratings.

The list also incorporates a community health measure into its ranking process. Hospitals were surveyed across three components: assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care; identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress.