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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Iowa (Wheaton Iowa) is a faith-based 511-bed, not-for-profit, comprehensive medical/surgical health care provider offering acute levels of medical care at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo; Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, and Mercy hospital in Oelwein. Its services in the region also include Covenant Clinic with more than 107 primary care and specialty providers; Covenant Foundation, Sartori Health Care Foundation and Mercy Hospital Foundation. Areas of excellence include cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, maternity and NICU, cancer treatment, minimally invasive and Bariatric surgery. The Iowa operations have been part of a 140 year system of care sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, formerly incorporated in 1983. In 2016, the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters transferred their Iowa operations to Mercy Health Network, an Iowa-based health care system based out of Des Moines, Iowa.

Mercy Health Network (MHN), based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is an integrated system of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities dedicated to delivering outstanding health care services and improving the health of people throughout Iowa and contiguous areas. MHN and its two owner-members own and operate eight medical centers and other services in six major markets in Iowa – Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls – and community hospitals in seven other locations. With the addition of Mercy Iowa City, MHN has 27 affiliated organizations that participate through contracts for management and other services, and a joint-ventured surgical hospital in South Dakota.
MHN was founded in 1998 under a joint operating agreement between two of the largest Catholic, not-for-profit health organizations in the United States: Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Englewood, Colorado, and Trinity Health, based in Livonia, Michigan. MHN includes more than 3,200 licensed hospital beds, employs more than 17,000 people and has annual operating revenues of more than $2.5 billion.

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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is committed to living out the healing ministry of the Judeo-Christian tradition by providing exceptional and compassionate health care services that promote the dignity and well being of the people we serve.

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