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MERCYONE DUBUQUE MEDICAL CENTER. MercyOne (formerly Mercy Health Network) is a system of hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities in Iowa and Nebraska operated under a joint operating agreement between Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity Health. The name began to be applied to Mercy Medical Center in 2019.

In January, 2019 officials of Mercy and No Foot Too Small, a non-profit organization, announced plans to add a birthing and bereavement suite to provide a private room for parents and their families to grieve for infants who were stillborn or died shortly after birth. The intention was to raise $175,000 for renovations.

Officials of MercyOne and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced in September 2019 negotiations had broken down and that air care by helicopter would no longer be based in Dubuque. The service started in Dubuque in 2016. Although not stationed in Dubuque, local physicians could still call for air services. At the same time PARAMOUNT AMBULANCE announced that it was ready to offer fixed wing air ambulance. The new service in partnership with Physicians Air Transport and Pafford Air Med was to be based at the AIRPORT. (1)

Officials of MercyOne unveiled the medical center's new cancer center with radiation and medical oncology in one site for the first time in Dubuque. The first patients entered the facility on June 1, 2020. Plans for the building had begun in 2018 with years spent getting the necessary state certifications. Connected to the east side of Mercy's medical campus, the two-story, 40,000 square foot structure costing $25 million will also offer patients "spiritual care, palliative care and a pharmacy." (2)

Officials at MercyOne in Dubuque and Dyersville announced in July, 2021 that they would require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This followed an announcement that Trinity Health would require all of its staff. (3)


1. "Medical Helicopter to Depart Dubuque Hospital," Telegraph Herald, September 13, 2019, p. 3A

2. Montgomery, Jeff, "MercyOne Unveils New Cancer Center," Telegraph Herald, May 31, 2020, p. 1A

3. "MercyOne Dubuque, Dyersville Hospitals to Require Employee Vaccinations," Telegraph Herald, July 10, 2021, p. 2A