MHN News

Monthly news for Mercy Health Network Colleagues.  Thanks for reading!

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December 2018


  • Checkout how performance on our Key Results is improving
  • Patient care improvements in North Iowa, Iowa City and Des Moines
  • Mercy – Des Moines Foundation secures USDA Grant to expand access to care
  • Expanded access to care in Iowa City, Des Moines, Van Diest Medical Center and Covenant Clinic in Allison
  • Mercy – Dubuque improves Consumer Experience with the power of music
  • Covenant Medical Center earns American College of Cardiology reaccreditation as Chest Pain Center

November 2018


  • Message from Bob Ritz – Unifying Brand set to Launch in February
  • MHN’s Quality Leaders Present on Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections at Trinity Health Summit
  • Colleague Feedback Leads to Creation of New Care Unit
  • Patient Care Innovations in North Iowa, Hampton and Des Moines
  • Mercy Iowa City Receives Certificate of Need Approval for New Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Hancock County Expands Access to Behavioral Health Services and Recognized for Positive Patient Experience and High Quality Care
  • Colleagues and Teams Recognized for Excellence and Service in Des Moines and Eastern Iowa
  • Mercy-Sioux City Partners with Area Colleagues to Support Nurse Recruitment
  • Unifying Culture Update

October 2018


  • Updates on Strategic Plan and Culture Progress
  • Markets Partner to Improve Nurse Recruitment
  • Governor Kim Reynolds visits new Mercy Psychiatry Residency Program
  • Expanding Access to Care with Five 3D Mammography Machines and new Ambulance Services
  • Colleagues in Des Moines, Waterloo, Dubuque, Iowa City, Des Moines and Clinton Answer the Call to Serve
  • MHN Leader Selected as a Trustee for the Iowa hospital Association Board and Seven Colleagues and Volunteers Honored by IHA
  • 20+ New Primary and Specialty Care Providers Join MHN  - Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Cardiology, General Surgery and Hospitalist

September 2018


  • Three MHN ministries are recognized by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing Hospitals
  • The new MHN Payer Strategy team is on track to significantly exceed collections of previously underpaid and denied claims
  • Quality and infection prevention leaders team-up to reduce infections
  • Mercy-Des Moines and Iowa Heart are the first in the country to enroll patients in a new clinical trial
  • Mercy Iowa City partners with Kindred Healthcare to apply for a Certificate of Need to develop new inpatient rehab hospital in Coralville
  • Four MHN affiliate partners are Recognized as Top 150 Workplaces by the Des Moines Register
  • Mercy – Clinton Living Center receives Governor’s award for Quality Care
  • Mercy Sioux City, Wheaton and Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital share unique solutions to work force challenges
  • Mercy – Dubuque, Covenant Clinic, Mercy – North Iowa and  Mercy Des Moines share innovations in patient care and expansion of access to care

August 2018


  • Bob Ritz Answers your Question, “What’s different about our relationship with CHI and Trinity now?”
  • Culture Event brings 800 MHN colleagues from across the state together for the first time
  • Certificate of Need Applications Approved for Mercy – Dubuque and Mercy – Des Moines
  • World’s Smallest Pacemaker Now Offered at Mercy-Sioux City
  • New Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Rooms Open at Mercy-Clinton – Take the Video Tour!
  • Mercy Day Celebrations Across the System
  • Celebrations of Service and Awards at Manning Regional Health Care Center, Mercy Iowa City, Mercy – North Iowa and Covenant

July 2018


  • Bob Ritz Provides Insight into the New Fiscal Year along with our 5 Key Results
  • MHN Announces Formation of Eastern Iowa Region – Clinton, Dubuque, Dyersville, Elkader and Guttenberg
  • Iowa’s First Rehabilitation Hospital Now Open
  • New Comprehensive and Convenient Clinic for Lung Cancer Patients Opens at Mercy – Des Moines
  • Covenant Medical Center Receives Nearly $3 Million Gift
  • New MHN Culture Cabinet Comes Together to Champion Exciting Culture Work
  • Patient Care Innovations Launch in Sioux City, Iowa City and Des Moines
  • Celebrations of Service and Awards at Mercy – Dubuque, Mercy – North Iowa, Mercy – Des Moines, Mercy Iowa City and Wheaton Iowa

June 2018


  • Bob Ritz Provides Insight into Trinity’s Move to Epic and the Impact on MHN Markets
  • Mercy College Awarded $1.79 Million Grant to Increase the Number of Trained Primary Care Nurses
  • MHN Legislative Advocacy Leads to Wins for Patients in Iowa
  • Two Mercy-Sioux City Nurses Published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
  • Mercy Iowa City’s Wound and Vein Center Recognized for Clinical Excellence
  • Gov. Reynolds Signs Opioid Bill at Mercy-Dubuque
  • Seven MHN Colleagues Graduate from IHA Executive Leadership Academy
  • Five MHN Ministries Receive Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association
  • Mercy-Clinton Purchases Genesis Health Group
  • Covenant Clinic Now Scheduling Pediatric Appointments in Cedar Falls
  • Iowa Ranked Fifth Best State to Practice Medicine

May 2018


  • Bob Ritz previews an Exciting First for MHN Happening in August
  • MHN Hosts First Rural Leaders Retreat
  • MHN Ministries are Improving Access to Behavioral Health Care Services
  • Impressive Awards and Celebrations for Teams and Individuals at Mercy-Dubuque, Wheaton Iowa and Mercy-North Iowa
  • Mercy Iowa City Announces New Robotic Surgery Procedures
  • Mercy-Clinton Expands Home Care Services with Virtual Nursing Option
  • Mercy-Des Moines Expands Mechanical Thrombectomy to 24/7 Clinical Coverage
  • MHN Occupational Health Clinics Team Up to Expand Impact with Businesses
  • MHN Celebrates National Health Care and Nurses Week from Sioux City to Clinton

April 2018


  • Now Available - Access Health Care Day or Night Through MobileCare
  • Bob Ritz Shares Exciting Work to Align Culture with our Operating and Strategic Plans
  • MHN Leaders Meet with Leaders at the State Capitol
  • Dr. Richard Deming Selected to Lead the American Cancer Society’s National Advocacy Effort
  • Two Mercy-Dubuque Nurses Present at National Conference
  • Mercy-Des Moines Improves Patient Care with New da Vinvi Xi® Surgical Robot
  • Mercy Home Care in North Iowa Named Top Agency of 2017
  • Mercy-West Lakes Recognized  with a Blue Distinction® Center+ in Bariatric Surgery
  • New leaders join Mercy-Sioux City, Mercy-Des Moines, Mercy College and Wheaton Iowa

March 2018


  • Seventeen Nurses from Across Mercy Health Network Recognized as ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses”
  • Innovative Virtual Solution for Patient Observation Takes Hold in Two MHN Ministries
  • Mercy-North Iowa Shares Areas of Excellence Post Joint Commission Survey
  • Creative Thinking Reduces the Impact of IV Bag and Fluid Shortage Post-Hurricane Maria
  • Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation Recognition for Maternity Care Awarded to Five MHN Hospitals
  • Snapchat Filters Add to the Excitement of Birth Announcements at Covenant Medical Center
  • Mercy Health Network Plays Substantial Part in Iowa’s Economy
  • Sean Williams Selected as Mercy Iowa City Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. William Vandivier Selected as Mercy Clinics Chief Physician Executive and President
  • Street Medicine Program Helping Those in Need Launched in Sioux City

February 2018


  • Mercy-Dubuque’s Healthy Variety Meals Plans Expansion to More MHN Markets
  • Central Community Hospital Signs Letter of Intent with MHN
  • Feel Good Story! Hospital Stay Doesn’t Keep Patient from Seeing Special Milestone
  • Behavioral Health Pavilion Takes Shape in North Iowa
  • Healthgrades Awards Mercy Iowa City with Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Covenant Cancer Treatment Center Earns National Accreditation
  • Advocacy Solutions to Workforce Challenges
  • Lenten Message from Colleen Walters,  MHN Chief Mission Integration Officer

January 2018


  • First in Iowa – Innovative New Technology Brings Precision to the Treatment of Pain in Des Moines
  • First in Iowa – Self-Compression 3D Mammography Improves Comfort and Cancer Detection in North Iowa
  • Dubuque’s REACH Program Hits a Milestone in Serving Colleagues
  • Healthy Heroes Program Takes Off
  • Child Advocacy Center Receives Support for Victims in Sioux City
  • Three-Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Idea to Try – Fun Way to Welcome New Babies Delivered at Mercy Iowa City
  • New Clinic Growth in Independence and Mercy-Des Moines’ Clinic System

December 2017

Check Out New Nurse Training and Nurse Leadership Development Opportunities.  Learn How Your Market Ministry Provides Support!

  • 5 Learnings to Improve Transitions in Care
  • Readmission Rates at Mercy-Clinton Decrease to 13.6%
  • Mental Health and Wheaton Iowa Take Center Stage in Television Special
  • New Recognitions for Excellence in Patient-Centered Care and Sleep Lab
  • Sukup Manufacturing Partners with Mercy-North Iowa for New On-Site Clinic
  • Ugly Sweaters Support Home Care Patients in Sioux City
  • Expanding Access to Care and Impacting the Community
  • MHN Providers Receive State and National Recognition

November 2017

Special Section: Want to Get a First Degree or Advanced Degree?  Learn How Your Market Ministry Provides Support

  • Mercy-Dubuque's Leadership on the Opioid Crisis Gets Attention from Governor Kim Reynolds
  • Innovative Use of Heart-Lung Machine Saves a Life at Mercy-Des Moines
  • New Technologies Available in Oelwein with CT Scanner and Sioux City Vein Visualization Devices
  • Karl Keeler Named President, Mercy-Des Moines
  • Be Inspired! Read about Two Colleagues Living Our Mission and Values
  • Expanding Access to Care with a New Scheduling Option and Expanded Interventional Radiology Services
  • Idea To Try: Help Patients and Their Families Celebrate the Holidays

October 2017


  • New Scribe Option Saves Physician Time, Increases Number of Patients Seen and Improves Billing
  • Sioux City’s Mercy Air Care to Carry Blood onboard the Helicopter to Improve Trauma Outcomes
  • Mercy Iowa City Offers “First in Iowa” Option for Bariatric Surgery
  • Expanding Access to Behavioral Health, Cancer Care and Weight Loss Services
  • Career Development in Action: Options for Leadership Development and Open Leadership Positions across the State
  • Stroke Camp Provides Support for Survivors and Caregivers
  • New providers in Cardiology, Dermatology, Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, ER/Trauma, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Care, Hospital Care, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Pulmonary/Sleep Medicine and Urology
  • Awards, Accolades & Celebrations

September 2017


  • Making a Difference for Behavioral Health Patients in Iowa (New Facility in North Iowa,  Telemedicine Expands Access, New Residency Program, MHN Advocacy and Collaborations)
  • Patient Care Improvements in Pediatric Imaging, Integrated Neonatal Intensive Care and Improving Outcomes for Stroke Patients
  • New and Renovated Facilities Expand Access in Sioux City, Norwalk and Oakland
  • Options to Support Those Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  • Covenant Foundation Makes a Difference in Nicaragua
  • Leadership Ambassador Initiative Starts in Clinton
  • Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Enters Management Services Agreement with Mercy Health Network
  • Mercy - Sioux City and MHN Leadership Announcements
  • Awards, Accolades & Celebrations

August 2017


  • Mercy - Des Moines and Mercy – Dubuque Named Best Regional Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report
  • Patient Care Improvements in Cardiology, Mother/Baby, Radiation Oncology and Behavioral Services
  • New and Renovated Facilities in Ottumwa, Waterloo and Des Moines
  • MHN Physician Enterprise and Mercy Iowa City Leadership Announcements
  • Expansion of Services and Access to Care in Dubuque and Oelwein
  • Legislative Issues Impacting Health Care
  • Mercy – Sioux City Child Advocacy Center Opens
  • Special Patient Connection in North Iowa
  • Awards, Accolades & Celebrations

July 2017


  • Mercy Accountable Care Organization Celebrates Success
  • Patient Story, Mercy-Des Moines Mom Credits App for Saving Her child
  • New and Renovated Facilities in Ottumwa, Waterloo and Des Moines
  • American Heart Association Awards and Accreditations for Dubuque and North Iowa
  • Sioux City Sleep Lab Accreditation
  • Guttenberg to Join MHN
  • Celebrating MHN’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses

New in Every Newsletter – Q & A with Bob Ritz, CEO Mercy Health Network

June 2017


  • Learn About MHN’s Newest Member of the Hospital Network – Mercy Iowa City
  • Meet Terri Bellmore – MHN’s New Director of Payer Strategy
  • News from Ministries in Sioux City, Des Moines Waterloo and Dubuque

May 2017

  • Mercy Health Network names Bob Ritz new CEO
  • Mercy Iowa City Joins Mercy Health Network as an Affiliate Hospital
  • Mercy Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Health Care Innovation Award
  • Impacts of the Iowa Legislative Session on Health Care