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Iowa Lutheran Hospital

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Updated Nov 1, 2019 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+Mar 19: A+Apr 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+
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Iowa Lutheran Hospital's website

700 East University,
Des Moines IA 50316

(515) 263-5389

79.37% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Data for Iowa Lutheran Hospital has not been updated recently. This page shows historical performance which may not be representitive of current service levels.

Iowa Lutheran Hospital is located in Des Moines, Iowa, a city with a population of 212,318 people. Sporting an overall rating of A+, this facility outscored the vast majority of the nursing homes in Des Moines by a wide margin. In addition, this is a hospital-based facility, which is a positive for prospective patients with medical conditions frequently requiring hospitalization. As you will find below, this nursing home performed equally well in our category scores. In fact, we gave it straight A's!

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • No Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • No Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling


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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

To go along with its favorable overall score, we gave this nursing home a grade of A+ for our inspections rating. Inspection grades are tied to several items located in the a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Places that receive favorable grades in this area typically have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these places generally do not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its inspection report, none of them were severe based on CMS' deficiency scale. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this nursing home was superb in our short-term care rating. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this area. Short-term care ratings are vital for residents in need of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation typically mandates higher levels of skilled nursing. This includes a vast range of nursing services, spanning from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other types of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this facility employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the data this nursing home provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 6.9 percent of this facility's residents returned home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

This facility also received a impressive long-term care grade. In fact, this is its third most impressive category grade. In that area, this facility received a score of A. For patients in need of a permanent residence as opposed to skilled nursing, long-term care grades are very important. One of the criteria we considered in addition to nurse's aid hours is vaccinations. It doesn't look like this facility submitted data regarding vaccinations. Clearly, this place is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A

In our final category, this facility also received an excellent nursing rating, with an A. This rounded out a first-rate report card. Our nursing grade is based on many data points. The most heavily weighted one is the quantity of hours nurses spent with patients. This nursing home averages 0.7 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed some nursing quality measures in determining our nursing grades. This nursing home performed very well in the area of minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers. We consider these areas to be good indicators of the quality of nursing care.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Sep 22

Iowa Lutheran Hospital Quality Metrics

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-plus

In Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 11.86 Percentage of Patients

This is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to measure short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 79.45% Percentage of Resident

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of short-term stay patients that saw functional improvements.

Scores for Des Moines, IA

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus

Looking for more options? Des Moines, Iowa has 11 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Mercyone Des Moines Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 0.11 miles away1111 6th Ave Des Moines Iowa 50314Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 247-3121
  • Iowa Methodist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 0.7 miles away1200 Pleasant Street Des Moines Iowa 50309Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 241-6212
  • Iowa Lutheran HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 0.87 miles away700 East University Avenue Des Moines Iowa 50316Voluntary non-profit - Private(515) 263-5612
  • Broadlawns Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 1.25 miles away1801 Hickman Road Des Moines Iowa 50314Government - Local(515) 282-2200

Nearby Dialysis

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