December 2005

Mercy in Council Bluffs Ranks in CMS Project

Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa, part of Alegent Health, ranked fifth in the nation for hip and knee replacement in the first year of a three-year, pay-for-performance demonstration project of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). More than 260 hospitals across the country voluntarily take part in the project. Mercy also ranked in the top 10 percent for treatment of community-acquired pneumonia and in the top 20 percent for treatment of acute myocardial infarction. For more information, contact Dina Maas of Alegent Health at