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Mercy Hospital

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Mercy Hospital, located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is a 271-bed non-profit hospital that serves the northwestern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

Nationally recognized for clinical excellence and compassionate care, Mercy offers a wide range of specialty services:

With leading edge technology, highly skilled, experienced professional staff and physicians, Mercy Hospital offers a healing environment and a humanity that transcends the daily task of caring for patients.

Mercy at 40

Mercy Hospital 1965

In the 1950s, Anoka County was being transformed. Nearly overnight potato fields were converted to neighborhoods, with new houses, families, and babies galore. But where to give birth to all those babies? Or receive health care for a serious injury or illness?

In 1963, the Anoka Community Hospital Association agreed to build a 100-bed hospital located on the border of Coon Rapids and Anoka. Later that year, 2,000 volunteers launched a $600,000 fund drive, collecting donations door-to-door for the hospital’s construction.

Their efforts were successful. Mercy Hospital’s first patient, Mrs. Cecil (Judith) Melton, arrived in a raging blizzard on March 17, 1965, five days before the hospital’s planned opening; she gave birth to Merci, Mercy’s first baby, named in honor of the new hospital.

Today, the hospital is twice its original size, its coffee shop serves lattes, and its technologies would amaze its founders. But Mercy’s primary dedication remains the same: serve the health care needs of neighbors and friends living in more than 25 north metro cities and towns, including Maple Grove, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Elk River, and Rogers (to name but a few).

Facts and figures about Mercy Hospital

Although Mercy treats patients from throughout the Midwest, most come from the north metro communities of Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Cedar, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Isanti, New Brighton, Osseo, Saint Francis and Zimmerman.

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Awards, accreditations & certifications

Mercy Hospital

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Nationally known for clinical excellence and compassionate care

Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN ranked second in the metro and third in the state.

2014-2015: US News & World Report - Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN ranked second in the metro and third in the state.Mercy ranked nationally in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (#46).

Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals®

2014: Mercy Hospital is proud to announce that a leading healthcare quality consultant has found Mercy to be one the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for large community hospitals. In addition, Mercy is among the top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for community hospitals. Mercy is the only Minnesota hospital listed in these categories.

2014 iVantage Healthstrong Hospital Award: Mercy Hospital is one of only 547 hospitals in the nation (out of 4,400) and 14 in Minnesota named to the Hospital Strength Index. This signifies a top 12% in the nation.

US News & World Report 'Best Hospitals'

2013/14: Mercy Hospital is among the nation's top 40 hospitals for specific areas of expertise. Mercy Hospital ranked #4 in the state and #3 in the metro for overall quality of the entire hospital. Additionally, Mercy was ranked among the best in the nation in gastroenterology and GI surgery and earned high performing ratings in: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

2011/2012: Mercy Hospital is one of only four hospitals in the Twin Cities to earn a national ranking. Of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide, Mercy ranks among the top 50 for diabetes and endocrinology care, and earned high performance ratings in seven other specialties: gastroenterology (digestive system) geriatrics, nephrology (kidney), neurology and neurosurgery (brain), orthopedics (bones, joints, muscles), pulmonology (lung), urology (urinary tract).

Top 100 Hospitals®

Top 100 Hospitals Seal.

Mercy Hospital was named one of the nation's Top 100 Hospitals and one of the top 20 mid-size hospitals by Thomson Reuters Healthcare. This award measures performance based on public reporting of 10 quality measures of care, cost and patient satisfaction.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal.

The Joint Commission Accreditation

Mercy Hospital, as all Allina Health hospitals, is accredited by The Joint Commission. This agency serves to help ensure and monitor the quality and safety of patient care.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Mentor Hospital designation

Mercy is among fewer than 150 hospitals nationwide designated as a Mentor Hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for success in preventing two types of hospital-acquired infections.

Chest Pain Center

The Society of Chest Pain Centers awarded accreditation to Mercy's Emergency Department, Heart & Vascular Center and emergency medical personnel for their extensive and coordinated effort to reduce deaths from heart disease, 2009-2011

Top 100 Hospital for Cardiovascular Care

Thomson Reuters Healthcare rated Mercy Hospital one of the nation's 100 top cardiovascular hospitals 7 years in a row. This award measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top performing acute care hospitals, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Commission on Cancer Accreditation with commendation, 2009

Outstanding Achievement Award
Mercy & Unity hospitals Cancer Centers are among 82 nationally recognized for exceeding Commission on Cancer standards in six areas, 2009

Level 2 Trauma Center

American College of Surgeons, 2010

Primary Stroke Center

National certification by The Joint Commission recognizes the specialized care required by stroke patients, from early identification to immediate treatment and rehabilitation, 2009

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence awarded to all eligible Mercy units. This award highlights excellence in critical care patient systems, outcomes and an environment for patient safety.

  • Intensive Care Unit, 2005, 2006, 2009
  • 2 East Critical Care Stepdown Unit, 2009
  • 4Heart Heart Care Unit, 2009
  • 3West Critical Care, 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield Centers

  • BCBS Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement
  • BCBS Blue Distinction Center for Cardiovascular Care

Laboratory Services Accreditation

Clinical Pastoral Education Accreditation

Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)

  • 2001 MHA Innovation of the Year Award – Mercy Hospital
  • 2002 MHA Innovation of the Year in Patient Care Award – Mercy & Unity
  • 2005 MHA Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace – Mercy & Unity
  • 2006 MHA Community Health Improvement Award – Mercy & Unity
  • 2008 Patient Safety Award – Safe Count
  • 2009 Patient Safety Awards – Safe Site and Safe Skin
  • 2010 Patient Safety Award – Safe from Falls

VHA Leadership Awards

2008 Supply chain management