April 2000

Mercy Hospital, Corning, Iowa

Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa, opened its doors in 1951. A building addition and remodeling project competed in 1997 enables the 24-bed hospital to continue to make a range of services available, including obstetrical care in its new labor and delivery suites. A staff of three full-time internal medicine and family practice physicians, a weekend emergency physician, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant is supported by 120 full-time hospital staff members. Support and diagnostic services include respiratory therapy, physical therapy, laboratory and radiology. The outpatient department offers 14 specialty clinics including daily chemotherapy and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. The hospital also offers comprehensive community education and health programs and home care services for residents of all ages. Mercy Hospital is part of Alegent Health, based in Omaha, Neb. Good Samaritan Health Systems is located in Kearney, Neb., a town that can be considered a crossroads in time. In its early history it was part of the Pony Express Route. Today, it straddles the world’s busiest set of railroad tracks while Good Samaritan houses the nation’s most active telemedicine center. The Mid-Nebraska Telemedicine Network offers care to remote areas via connections with specialists and family physicians miles away to ensure the highest quality of patient care. Good Samaritan is a regional referral center with a 287-bed acute care facility and a free-standing behavioral health center. The diverse medical staff is responsible for the success of the wide array of services offered, including one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging centers in the state; comprehensive neurosurgery; a complete cardiac care center; a level II neonatal intensive care unit; accredited cancer treatment; a certified trauma program; a skilled nursing facility; sports medicine clinic; an industrial and occupational rehabilitation center; and the AirCare helicopter.