Mercy Iowa City
Quality Care Focused on You.
"We hope we don’t need to go to the hospital, but it is good to know that Mercy is there when we do!” says Bill, an Iowa City local. Mercy has 17 Primary Care Clinics offering care for different needs and preferences: family practice doctors who care for individuals of all ages; pediatricians who specialize in the care of children and young adults under the age of 21; and internal medicine doctors, specializing in the care of adults, age 16 and over.
“We are very thankful to receive quality care the locals deserve from Mercy Hospital!” says another Iowa City local.
Mercy Iowa City also has 11 Specialty Care Clinics including: Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Medical Oncology, Neurology, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Psychiatry and Urology. Locals appreciate the latest and most efficient technology along with the speedy service, but love that doctors listen and care about their patients. Amethyst, a recent patient said, “The doctors were thorough, attentive, patient and informative...they made me feel confident that everything would be okay!”
The hospital was founded by four Sisters of Mercy who traveled from Davenport, Iowa, by train. They carried as many furnishings and medical supplies as they could manage. The Sisters came at the invitation of Dr. W.F. Peck, dean of the young Medical School of the State University of Iowa. Dr. Peck had worked with the Sisters of Mercy to establish a hospital in Davenport and hoped the Sisters would open another in Iowa City. Such a hospital would provide a facility where medical students could gain clinical experience by working with patients and where the Sisters could pursue their mission of caring for the poor and sick.
When they arrived at the Iowa City train station, a kindly local farmer offered them a ride in his wagon to their destination-Mechanics Academy, on the site where the University of Iowa building, Seashore Hall, stands today. The Sisters were greeted by Dr. Peck and set to work immediately, cleaning and refurbishing the abandoned building. Only three weeks later, on September 27, 1873, the new Mercy Hospital admitted its first patient—a gentleman with tuberculosis.
In 1885 the Sisters purchased a property called the Dostal House, located about two blocks northeast of the Mechanics Academy building, and moved into it early the next year. The remodeled building offered space for more patients and included a carriage house that was turned into a surgery amphitheater. Mercy Iowa City continues on this site today.
The Sisters of Mercy and the Medical School faculty continued to work together for a number of years, until in 1898 the State Board of Regents appropriated money to build a new hospital for the Medical School. Thus, the University's own hospital was created, and the Sisters of Mercy were free to operate their hospital as a private, community institution.
From 1911 to 1972 Mercy Hospital also operated a school of nursing which graduated more than 900 nurses.
“I loved this hospital. The nurses were awesome, the entire staff was great, the cafeteria is a good price... That’s unheard of. My husband stayed three days without one complaint; except he was not getting enough lasagna. Great hospital!”
Mission and Values
Mercy Iowa City heals and comforts the sick and works to improve the health of the community in the spirit of Jesus Christ and the Catholic tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. Our Values
||treating each person with dignity and honoring the sacredness of human life
||providing personalized, quality care
||showing empathy and care for the sick and vulnerable
||using resources responsibly
||working together for the common good of the community