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MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center named America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery

MASON CITY – MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems, for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award™. MercyOne is determined to have shown superior clinical outcomes in back and neck surgeries and spinal fusion procedures. This is the third year in a row for MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center to receive this award.

The expert team at MercyOne performs surgeries of the spine and brain using the latest innovations and techniques. Neurosurgery encompasses surgery of the entire nervous system, expanding well beyond brain and spine surgery. MercyOne North Iowa is consistently ranked number one in the state of Iowa for outcomes in spinal surgery, spinal fusion and neurological surgery.

Neurosurgery of North Iowa (Dr. David Beck, Dr. Sandeep Bhangoo, and Dr. Solomon Ondoma) are the only spine surgeons in the state of Iowa that have achieved this recognition.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top 100 hospital for spine surgery and I want to commend the amazing physicians and staff providing such excellent service,” said Rod Schlader, president, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. “As the only hospital in the state of Iowa to be granted this award, we know we are providing innovative care to our 15-county region.”

Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance using objective quality measures including clinical outcomes and patient safety, as well as patient experience. Awards take into consideration Medicare patient data from 2018-2020 (excluding any patient with a COVID-19 diagnosis). Healthgrades independently analyzes each short-term acute care hospital in the country—about 4,500 hospitals. Hospitals can’t opt into or out of the analysis. Ratings are determined by actual clinical performance, including patient mortality or in-hospital complications. The ratings and awards do not take into consideration hospital reputation, financial information, perception, or predicted performance. Full methodology is available here.

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