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Mercy Opens Medical Home in Northeast Canton
In Canton’s northeast area, residency to over one-fourth of the city’s population, Mercy Medical Center opened its newest healthcare facility–Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square. Located at 1459 Superior Ave., Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square provides family medicine to a medically under-served area. Dental services will open soon, and Community Services of Stark County, Inc. will offer behavioral health services.
After listening to people express their needs and working in collaboration with various community agencies and organizations, we determined that bringing comprehensive care to this neighborhood was simply the right thing to do.
Recently, I was privileged to hear an inspiring presentation given by a priest-physician who serves in Haiti. “If you do the right thing, the next right thing is sure to follow,” he said. His comment touched my heart, and I thought he has just captured exactly what has happened all along the way with Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square. The first tiny seed of voicing a need and bringing people together to ponder it had fallen on the good soil of so many people in our community.
The Diocese of Youngstown and the parish of St. Paul committed the use of a strong building, a home, to become our medical home. The Sisters of Charity Health System committed funds to get us started. The Sisters of the Humility of Mary awarded a substantial grant from the Salmon Memorial Fund to seed the needed financial resources for construction and to clear a path forward for the family medicine suite. The Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center voted, unanimously, to allow us to move into action. The City of Canton affirmed and encouraged the project and City Council voted, unanimously, to award a large City Development Block Grant.
The Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation awarded a large grant that enabled construction of the family dental suite to become a reality. The Stark Community Foundation provided generous grant funds that enabled the building to be cabled and wired for much needed technology and provided the hard and software for the electronic medical record. A number of personal donors also contributed to this transformative project. Their support was a source of encouragement for all of us.
I extend thanks to all of my Mercy co-ministers who contributed in so many ways to this endeavor. A wonderful building, a home, and a place of ministry, has been transformed. New people will enter and find a place of welcome, a place of renewal and a place of healing.
For more information about Mercy Primary Care at St. Paul Square or to schedule an appointment, call 330-588-4892.
About The Author
Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, is vice president of Mission and Ministry Services at Mercy Medical Center. She has an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cleveland State University with a concentration in bioethics and an M.T.S. in Theology from West Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA (Boston College STM) with a concentration in spirituality. Sister has served as director of Villa Maria Retreat Center and has also taught for many years at secondary and community college levels. She is a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Stark County and was recently given a faculty appointment at NEOMED as an instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also a member of the Catholic Consortium of Stark County.