Mercy Medical Center to build heart center

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, expects to break ground on the region's largest heart and vascular center this fall, according to an April 22 announcement

The Heart Center at Mercy, a 72-000-square-foot project expected to be complete in 2023, will be located across the street from Mercy's main hospital campus. The new facility will bring all of Mercy's heart specialists and services together in one space.

Prevention and screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation care services will be offered at the center. 

Access to screenings and early detection of heart conditions are a key component of the new facility, according to the announcement. The lobby will feature cardiac and vascular screening stations with interactive programming. 

"The interactive and educational programming space in our lobby will be a true differentiator," said Ryan Hollenbeck, MD, co-medical director at the heart center. "With the use of advanced technology, we will be able to offer a truly engaging and interactive teaching environment for our patients, families, schools and students. We're really excited about the potential for these types of patient engagement."

The center is being designed for potential vertical expansion in the future. 

In addition to the new facility, Mercy plans to add a new cardiothoracic surgeon to its heart program and create more cardiac specialty clinics, such as for heart failure and atrial fibrillation, among others. 

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