April 2006

Mercy-Des Moines Ranked Among Nation’s Best

Published research performed by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management ranks Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, ninth in the nation for quality of care for heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia. The ranking is based on clinical data provided by 3,558 hospitals across the nation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data covered 10 indicators of quality care, ranging from appropriately providing life-saving medicines to performing important diagnostic tests. The data and review showed that Mercy met or significantly exceeded the national and state average measures for care reported. “Mercy Medical Center is doing a fantastic job for all of the measures reviewed,” said study leader Ashish Kumar Jha, MD, MPH, assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health Policy and Management. “The quality indicators confirm that for these critical therapies, patients at Mercy are getting some of the best heart and pneumonia care in the country.” For more information, contact Gregg Lagan of Mercy at glagan@mercydesmoines.org.