The Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, serves 13 county regions in Central Iowa. Established in September 1916, this 220-bed facility is devoted to give high-quality, cost-effective health care and related services to enhance the health status of the community. The regional referral center excels in more than 50 specialty and sub-specialty areas. The William R. Bliss Cancer Center, accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and the Commission on Cancer (COC) of the American College of Surgeons, offers specialized diagnostics and treatments for various heart diseases. The Cancer Resource Center functions as an information source for cancer patients. Numerous screening and community education programs are organized. Areas of specialization, among many others, include cardiology, sleep disorders, behavioral health, cardiopulmonary, obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Surgical and dialysis services are also available. HOMEWARD Home Care Services at the hospital ,is committed to provide a complete range of therapies and medical social services. Further, it operates Lifeline, a 24-hour emergency response system, and Meals on Wheels, a meal service to the home-bound. The Social Services Department offers assistance on all health issues. Counseling service is given to the patients and their families. A variety of therapeutic and rehabilitation services are available at the inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and Skilled Nursing Unit. In addition, the center offers outpatient services through its satellite clinics. The hospital offers a number of support opportunities and educational programs. Excellent lodging facilities, for patients and their families, are arranged at the guest house. Other facilities include a cafeteria, chapel, pharmacy, hospitality shop, and spacious parking lots.