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Mercy Hospital in Dubuque named top 100

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Mercy Hospital in Dubuque has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. That's according to Thomson Reuters 2008 ratings. It's one of two in the state, the second, Mason City's Mercy Medical Center-North. It's an honor that doesn't come as a surprise to employees inside.

In 1879 the Sisters of Mercy opened St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. In 1880 - the hospital was built on Kelly's Bluff. Since then mercy has grown significantly.

"We're continuing to improved everything we do," said Mercy President and CEO Russell Knight.

Today the not for profit Catholic hospital houses more than 250 beds for patients -- over 1000 staff members and a spot Thomson Reuters top 100.

"The only way this is accomplishes is by lots of sheer hard work and good team work and literally everyone at mercy being committed to doing the best they can everyday with every patient," said Knight.

The award recognizes hospitals that achieve excellence in mortality, patient safety, national treatments standards, patient satisfaction, efficiency and financial stability. Mercy qualified, among 20 hospitals, in the large community hospital category.

"You don't apply you don't submit information. They analyze you based on publicly available information," said Knight.

That's something the Sisters of Mercy never imagined -- 130 years ago.

"I think they performed in their way and their time, i'm sure, as excellent as we to today," said Knight.

Knight says if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as Medicare patients treated in the 100 Top Hospitals: more than 107,500 additional patients would survive each year, nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided annually, expenses would decline by $5.9 billion a year, the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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