Published on March 07, 2012

Mary Greeley Medical Center Receives ‘Best in Iowa’ Ratings from Leading Health Care Organization




Ames, IA – Mary Greeley Medical Center has received “best in the state” 5-star ratings in general surgery and gastrointestinal (GI) care from HealthGrades, a leading independent provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Absolutely everything we do is focused on excellent patient care. These high marks from HealthGrades are recognition of these efforts,” said Brian Dieter, president and CEO of Mary Greeley Medical Center. “But, ultimately, ratings are just one measure of our quality. What is most important to us, is what our patients think. We listen to what they have to tell us and constantly work to improve everything we do.”

Mary Greeley Medical Center’s general surgery and GI services were also rated as among the 100 best in the country.

Approximately 35 general surgeries are performed each week at Mary Greeley Medical Center. General surgery includes a wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures including appendectomies, hernia procedures, spleen removal and gallbladder removal. In addition to traditional surgical methods, Mary Greeley also offers leading noninvasive surgical techniques, including robotics. More than 200 gynecological and urological surgeries have been performed with da Vinci® Surgical System robotic surgery technology. Mary Greeley will soon be one of the few hospitals in central Iowa where some general surgeries will be performed with the da Vinci device.

Along with the staff of Mary Greeley Medical Center, GI care is provided by four fellowship-trained, board-certified gastroenterologists from McFarland Clinic. A new gastroenterologist who specializes in endoscopic ultrasound will join the staff in the fall.

HealthGrades is the only health care ratings organization that bases ratings on clinical outcomes alone. The organization rates more than 5,000 non-federal acute care hospitals nationwide and uses millions of volumes of data from a variety of public and private sources, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state records of payer data, state medical board records and publicly available directories. By using a variety of sources, HealthGrades ratings take into account all aspects of a patient’s experience while in the hospital.

All the HealthGrades ratings are available to the public at