HIAWATHA, Iowa (KWWL) – People in the Cedar Rapids metro area will have another place to go during a medical emergency as Mercy Cedar Rapids opened the state's first emergency room outside a hospital setting Monday.
The new facility is at the Mercy Hiawatha Medical Park building at 1195 Boyson Road. Mercy officials said opening the new location helps ease space limitations at its main hospital ER. The new location will be open like a typical ER: 24/7.
“Mercy sees more ER patients than any other provider of emergency services in Linn County and we’ve seen continued growth,” said Dr. Matthew Aucutt, medical director, Mercy Emergency Services. “Creating this new location will allow easier access and greater convenience for our patients and provide additional life-saving care to meet growing demand in northern Linn County.”
The new location will be staffed by currently Mercy employees with the plan to add additional staffing in the future.