In 1879, the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Dubuque at the request of Bishop John Hennessy to launch a healing ministry now known as MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center. Today, MercyOne Dubuque is the leading hospital in the tri-states, with the most comprehensive cardiology center in the area and the only level II regional neonatal intensive care unit. Other services include a trauma center, a CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation unit, home health care, orthopedics, cancer care, retail pharmacies, palliative care, and a wide range of outpatient and community services. MercyOne operates two hospital-based skilled nursing units and a 40-bed nursing home.
In recognition of the strength of its nursing service and the overall quality of patient care, MercyOne Dubuque has been designated a Magnet® hospital four consecutive times - the nation's most prestigious award for nursing excellence.