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Mercy Heart Center is ramping up heart care programs with new facility and second heart surgeon. Read more from The Gazette (November 12, 2021) (PDF).
Mercy Medical Center has broken ground on its long-envisioned, freestanding facility dedicated to advanced heart and vascular care. The Heart Center at Mercy is designed to be Linn County’s largest and most comprehensive such facility, offering integrated, patient-centered care and state-of-the-art technology.
This unique facility, scheduled to open in mid-2023, will bring heart specialists and coordinated heart services all under one roof and within a single center as Mercy continues to grow and develop the area’s leading heart program. The new facility will be located at the corner of 9th St. and 8th Ave. SE – just across the street from the main hospital. Funding for the facility was made possible through a generous estate gift of from the late Jewel and Jim Plumb of Cedar Rapids.
Patients can expect unmatched coordination of care between cardiology specialists, including:
A central vision of The Heart Center at Mercy is to greatly enhance access to screenings and early detection of heart conditions.
Engaging the community in these activities will support the identification of heart conditions sooner, thereby providing the opportunity for greater intervention earlier and decreasing the number of patients with unaddressed severe cardiac and vascular illness.
Mercy Medical Center is the recipient of one of the largest single gifts in the hospital’s 121-year history. The donation was given to Mercy by the estate of the late Jewel and Jim Plumb of Cedar Rapids.
Jim, or “Jimmy” as he was known to many, passed away in 2004, and his wife, Jewel, passed in August 2019. Hospital leaders say their gift will support the development of Mercy’s new Heart Center.
“This gift is transformational,” said Mercy President and CEO, Tim Charles. “It enables Mercy to start the next chapter in our heart program by advancing the level of heart care available in our community. I think Jewel and Jim would be happy to see the impact their generosity is having on our community and the benefits it will provide to its citizens.”
“We are truly grateful for the Plumb’s generous gift; it is a milestone in Mercy’s history and builds upon the tremendous momentum of our heart program. Their commitment to our community has been truly remarkable,” said Lorrie Erusha, president of the Mercy Medical Center Foundation.
Jim Plumb inherited Iowa Manufacturing Co. from his father and later sold it to Howard Hall. Jim remained with the company as vice president and treasurer. The family’s long-time attorney and close friend, Darrel Morf, spoke of the Plumbs during the groundbreaking ceremony, saying the couple was quiet in their giving and had an affinity for Mercy Medical Center as a result of the excellent care Jim received during several illnesses later in his life.
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Mercy’s new Heart Center will be located on the corner of 9th St. and 8th Ave SE. The renderings below outline services on both the ground and first levels, as well as a view of the exterior of the building. Click on the image to download a larger version (PDF).