The federal government has ordered a team of state inspectors to conduct a comprehensive review of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and its affiliates. The inspection was prompted by the state's discovery of a major deficiency related to inadequate monitoring of patients. The precise nature of the deficiency has yet to be disclosed by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals or the hospital. Mercy spokesman Gregg Lagan declined to answer questions about the deficiency or the inspection "out of respect for the process." He did, however, release a written statement that said Mercy is currently "hosting" a team of state inspectors. "The current visit is a follow-up to a May survey and is conducted to validate all suggested changes have been made," the statement said. "Their team will also ensure all additional areas within Mercy are in full compliance with their standards."