Canton, Ohio: On April 7 an Ohio law went into effect requiring that all children ages 4 through 7 who are less than 57 inches (4 ft. 9 in.) tall, must ride in a federally approved booster seat. While this affected parents with young children, it also affected many Ohio schools. Administrators, staff and community workers for Canton City Schools provide transportation for students in their personal vehicles should the need arise. With the new law taking into effect, the school districts also must comply and provide booster seats when transporting students. Without these seats, the schools can no longer transport students in an emergency, and, with budget constraints, it might be hard for schools to purchase them.
With this in mind, Madge Youtz Elementary School Community Worker, Rhoda Christ, called upon Mercy Medical Center to help with the cost of these booster seats. “It is important for every elementary school to have a booster seat,” explained Christ, “With Mercy’s mission to serve the community, I went to them to help us with the cost of the booster seats.” Within just a few short weeks, Mercy made sure 18 booster seats were purchased and delivered to Canton City Schools so that nurses and other staff are able to get the students where they need to go, especially in times of an emergency. “I am so grateful to Mercy for donating these booster seats,” commented Christ, “Now we can continue our number one goal of doing everything we can for our students.”
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.