Mercy Hospital Re-Designated as Level II Perinatal Care Facility


News Release: January 19, 2015

Mercy Hospital Re-Designated as Level II Perinatal Care Facility


Chicago, IL: Mercy Hospital and Medical has been re-designated as a Level 2 E Perinatal Facility with Extended Capabilities by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In order to obtain this status, hospitals are required to comply with a strict set of standards developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health Joint Committee of Administrative Rules.


The designation means Mercy Hospital has the necessary qualifications to care for women who have the potential or likelihood for complicated or high risk deliveries, as well as newborns that may require specialized services. This includes premature infants born in addition to full-term newborns with breathing difficulties, jaundice, or other medical conditions that require an intermediate level of care.


“Essentially this designation allows us to care for moms and babies who require a higher level of care,” says Dr. Cheryl Wolfe, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “Our nursery staff is available 24 hours a day to ensure that both mothers and babies receive compassionate care and privacy."


During an onsite visit this past November, The Illinois Department of Public Health acknowledged the team for demonstration to excellence in the following areas: achievement of NCC Electronic Fetal Monitoring certification for our Physicians and Nurses; exceptional community awareness within the population that we serve; ongoing staff education programs and staff development; a 24 hour, 7 day a week dedicated OB Anesthesia; and the ongoing OB and Neonatal quality initiatives.


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About Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Hospital is a member of Trinity Health, which is the new health ministry formed by the consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago for over 160 years. With 320 staffed beds, Mercy is a Level II Trauma Center, complete with a comprehensive network including the Mercy Family Health Center, a look-alike Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the Mercy Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the hospital, eleven auxiliary care facilities, MercyWorks occupational health program, and two school-based health centers in Wendell Phillips and Dunbar Vocational Career Academies. Mercy has a teaching affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Mercy’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our numerous accreditations, distinctions and designations including: a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a certified Stroke Center; a Diabetes Treatment Center and leading Cancer Center, both accredited for excellence. Mercy is also the first hospital in Chicago to have an FDA-approved carotid artery stenting procedure as well as the first to perform Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site surgeries.  To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit


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