For the fifth year in a row, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City is being named as one of the top-100 hospitals in the nation. The health care information company Solucient recognizes hospitals that achieve excellence in clinical outcomes, financial performance, efficiency and growth in patient volume. Cathy Swager, spokeswoman for Mercy-North Iowa says they’re happy to again be recognized.
Swager says many factors are taken into consideration and "we are fortunate to be one of those top performers," while nine out of the 12 Midwest states placed in the top 100. She says Mercy-North Iowa was the only hospital in Iowa to be recognized on this year’s list.
Swager says "It’s just a wonderful thing for our physicians and our colleagues and our volunteers, all the people here at Mercy who work so very hard to provide the best in patient care. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to pat them on the back and celebrate." Swager says Solucient found that if more hospitals were like the top 100 hospitals, we’d likely have a much healthier nation.
Swager says the study’s findings include: if all hospitals performed like the benchmark hospitals, more than 100,000 additional patients could survive each year and an additional 114,000 could avoid complications. For a complete list, visit the website www.100tophospitals.com .