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Important Pharmacy Reminder

Please encourage patients to leave their medications at home. The utilization of a patient’s medications from home is highly discouraged at Mercy Medical
Center due to storage and handling prior to admission being unknown.

Mercy Integrative Medicine Center Closes

After careful thought, we have made the difficult decision with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett to close the Mercy Integrative Medicine Center as of April 30, 2017. Dr. Bartlett’s last day seeing patients will be April 13. There are no other positions affected by this change. The closure of the clinic also includes the integrative medicine storefront located within the Employee Health Center. Dr. Bartlett plans to continue to offer workshops and speaking engagements in the Cedar Rapids area. For more information, visit or follow her on Facebook at or on Twitter at @afriendlikejohn. We thank Dr. Bartlett for her innovative work to naturally optimize health and well-being in our community. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Mercy named one of nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics for fifth consecutive year

Mercy Medical Center has received another quality award, this time as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement. Mercy is the only hospital in Iowa to receive the 2017 designation and the only hospital in Iowa to achieve the distinction consecutively for the last five years. The winning hospitals were announced in the March 6 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. Additional information can be found at

Changes to NPO Status and Preop Testing Guidelines

Patients receiving anesthesia or IV sedation will now stop solid foods at midnight and be allowed CLEAR liquids up to 3 hours before their scheduled surgery. Clear liquids does include coffee, but there may be no creamer or dairy product added to it. Please click here for complete details.

The Preop Testing guidelines for patients going to the OR have been updated by the Anesthesia Section and approved by Mercy’s Medical Executive Committee. Please discard any old policy and replace with this attachment.

Mercy Discontinues Mobile Mammography Services after December 31, 2016

When the concept of mobile mammography services came alive in 1986, it filled a gap in healthcare at that time by taking imaging technology to communities with little-to-no access to breast care services. More than 30 years ago, access to advanced imaging was difficult. Fortunately for population health, that’s not true today. As more healthcare organizations, both rural and metro, have adopted breast health as a standard of care, patient access to quality imaging (including 3D mammography) has grown. Because of these positive shifts in local access, Mercy has seen less demand for our mobile mammography service. With attention to financial resources and after thoughtful consideration, we have made the decision to discontinue mobile mammography after Dec. 31, 2016. We’re confident that the increased access to quality breast care services will meet needs effectively. Mercy is working with rural care providers to ensure convenient patient access to similar services in outlying communities.

The healthcare innovation represented by mobile mammography 30 years ago continues today through technological advancements of MBI, walk-in mammograms and more. We’re proud to have been able to fill gaps locally through mobile mammography during the time it was needed most, and we’re equally happy to see the growth in breast care technology throughout Iowa’s communities that gives all patients easier access to care.

Medication Management Committee

Stay up to date on all things medication related. Visit the medication management page on the physician website (link) to review the current drug shortage list and the most recent medication newsletters.

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