July/August 2006

Joint Replacement Center in Council Bluffs Recognized for Excellence

The Joint Replacement Center at Alegent Health-Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa, received the 2006 Premier Award for Quality from Premier, an alliance of approximately 1,500 hospitals and health systems. The Mercy Hospital Joint Replacement Center is the only orthopedic center in Southwest Iowa and Nebraska, and one of only six in the nation, to be recognized by Premier as a top performer in hip and knee replacement procedures. The center scored high marks for indicators such as length of stay, pain management, surgical outcomes, data management and overall operational efficiency. For more information, contact Lora Ullerich of Alegent Health at lullerich@alegent.org.