The Lullaby Never Gets Old

It’s a long-standing tradition that when a baby is born at Mercy, Brahms’ lullaby is played on speakers throughout the hospital to welcome the new life.  “It still gives me a warm feeling, every single time I hear it,” said Kathy Bennett, RN, a 26-year veteran Labor and Delivery nurse. Kathy discovered her passion for…

Family centered maternity care in Canton Ohio | nurse Kathy Bennett
Mercy Boutique Helps Women Adjust and Thrive After Breast Cancer Surgery

At Mercy Boutique, women who have undergone a mastectomy or breast surgery can find everything they need to outfit them for their “new normal” … and, in boutique certified mastectomy fitter Cindy McCrae, they find an encouraging and compassionate friend who has walked in their shoes. “I was born to do this job.” Cindy, a…

mastectomy shop in canton ohio
New Skills, New Life

Beyond Language, Cultural Barriers, General Surgeons from Russia, Syria Flourish at Mercy as Surgical Assistants According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for surgical assistants is increasing faster than the average growth rate for jobs nationally. Hospitals throughout the U.S. often find it challenging to fill this critical position, responsible for…

Surgical Assistants - Russian, Syrian Immigrants - Canton, Ohio - Mercy Medical Center
Three Generations of Zimmer-Meyer Family Provide Care for Mercy Patients

For the past 44 years, Suzanne Meyer, RN, has been part of the Mercy family—just like her mom before her. Now three of her daughters are following in her footsteps. “It was Sister Carla in dietary who set me straight,” says Suzanne (Zimmer) Meyer, RN. “She said she wouldn’t hire me because I’d missed too…

Meyer Family Mercy Nurses Through Generations - Canton Ohio
Mercy Names 28-Year Employee Shirley Weatherspoon its 2016 Star Performer of the Year

“I love working at Mercy. I really do. I have had managers who have helped enhance a lot of gifts I had in me that I didn’t even know I had. I’ve learned a lot. When told I received this award, I was more overwhelmed than anything. I do things for God, not for recognition,…

Shirley Weatherspoon Mercy Employee of the Year 2016
When Challenges Become Gifts: Mercy Dental Resident Takes Experience to Our Community

Former Mercy Dental Services resident George R. Williams embraced the complex and challenging cases hospital-based dentistry often presented. He views his experience as a gift he can pass on to his current patients and the Stark County community. Guest post by Sterling Haynes and Mary Beth Breda Even as a young teen, George R. Williams…

George Williams former mercy dental resident, canton, ohio
Christian Completes 800-mile Haute Route Ride Through French Alps for Cancer Center

We are so proud of Chris Christian, LAN administrator with Mercy Information Services! Earlier this month, Chris completed the Haute Route, an arduous, seven-day, 800-kilometer bike ride through the French Alps. It was the equivalent of running a full marathon per day for seven days. Cycling to honor the memory of friends and family members…

Chris Christian Completes Haute Route 2016 for Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio
Cancer Survivor Margaret Smith: ‘My Strength Comes From the Lord’

Many people find emotional support from their religious or spiritual beliefs and their faith community. Prayer and reflective meditation may bring you solace, perspective, and inspire hope. For some, their faith has always been a source of strength and comfort. Others find that their faith is renewed by the challenges they are facing. Finding a…

Canton Mercy employee Margaret Smith, cancer survivor
Meet Some of Mercy’s Long-time Employees

We have many long-time members of our “Mercy family,” and during National Hospital Week 2016, we’re celebrating all our staff members, as well as highlighting those who were willing to share their story. 40 YEARS Joan Runion, medical technologist, has worked in the laboratory since starting her career at Mercy. She began working the afternoon…

National Hospital Week 2016 Mercy Medical Center, Canton Ohio
Language Like a Lifeline: Emergency Situation Inspires Bilingual Employee to Pursue Nursing Career

For Alex Camacho, who emigrated to the United States with his family when he was just 11, learning English was a challenge. Years later, this bilingual Mercy employee had a career-changing experience in the emergency department after interpreting for a young Latino patient in a difficult situation. In becoming a lifeline for her, Alex discovered…

Alex Camacho in Dominican Republic 2016
Open Arms and Hearts: Greek Woman, Family Find Home in Canton & at Mercy

Once a lonely young immigrant from Greece, Lily Janidas has lived in Follansbee, W. Va., Marion, Ind., and Steubenville, Ohio. For many years now, she has called Stark County home, and she and her oldest son consider Mercy to be family.   Guest post by Mary Beth Breda, Mercy Volunteer Services Coordinator I met Lily…

Canton Mercy St Paul Square Greek Family 2015
Tree of Thanks Grows as People Express Their Gratitude

Mercy employees Sara Sultan and Taylor Isla created a Tree of Thanks in Mercy’s main lobby, inviting people to anonymously share things they are thankful for. According to Cindy Mayle, manager of admitting, the response has been overwhelming and from the heart. In early November, Mercy employees Sara Sultan, admitting, and Taylor Isla, emergency department,…

Tree of Thanks at Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio, Thanksgiving 2015
Food Services Turns Forgotten Outdoor Space into a Productive Garden

What good is a small outdoor space that's nearly forgotten and hemmed in by high walls? With a little faith, imagination and hard work, it can provide one of nature's greatest gifts. At Mercy, we're literally making the workplace more green. Our food services team recently planted a raised-bed herb and vegetable garden in an…

Outdoor herb garden at hospital - Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio
Yes, iDo! Using Technology, Mercy Helps Patient ‘Attend’ Granddaughter’s Wedding

With their granddaughter's wedding just four days away, Lawrence and Mary Page and their family were saddened by the news. Lawrence, age 90, would not be healthy enough to go home in time to attend. Mercy's Mike Heckathorn and Jason Pirtz decided it was the perfect opportunity to try something new. Jamie Lowder was getting…

Lawrence Mary Page East Canton Ohio 2015 | man watches granddaughter's wedding on ipad
Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Considers Her Work a Ministry

For 26 years, Susan Workman's career focused on the travel industry, and she enjoyed helping her clients plan dream vacations. Today, she's putting that planning experience to work in a whole new way for Mercy Hospice patients and their families. In 2003, Susan and her husband moved to Ohio, and she accepted a job with…

Susan Workman, Mercy Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Canton, Ohio 2015
Mercy Holds Dental, Diabetes Outreach Programs in Northeast Canton

As part of our Mission Outreach efforts in northeast Canton, Mercy recently held education programs at Mercy at St. Paul Square and Imagine School. Mercy Dental Services presented their popular dental health assembly to Imagine School last month, showing 145 students in grades k-4 how to properly care for their teeth. Jamie Darr, DDS, and…

Northeast Canton Imagine School Dental Health Assembly 2015
Mercy ER Nurses Saved Lives on Ohio Highways

Emergency situations are not unfamiliar to Brittney Johnson and Lyndley Corley. That’s because Brittney is a registered nurse in Mercy Emergency Department (ED) and Lyndley is a registered nurse, and ED coordinator for Case Management. But in 2014, both women’s emergency medicine skills were needed beyond the hospital. After working a 12-hour shift at Mercy…

Mercy nurses save lives on Ohio's highways in 2014 | Canton, Ohio
Cardiac Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor: ‘It Permeated the Entire Family Dynamic’

On September 16, 2012, David survived a heart attack. He was only 47 years old at the time. “That heart attack didn’t just affect me,” he says. “It permeated every aspect of the dynamics between me and my family. It still impacts our lives today.” Meet David Zeh (pictured above teaching a community CPR class),…

David Zeh teaches CPR to Canton, Ohio, resident at Mercy Medical Center
Hearing-impaired Employee Says Favorite Sound Is Hearing the Word ‘Daddy’

Maurice Sullivan has washed dishes at Mercy Medical Center for the past five years. Currently a student in the Culinary Education program at Stark State College, Maurice’s goal is to become a cook. Maurice is also hearing impaired. The oldest of five children, Maurice was born deaf. With the help of hearing aids, he could…

Maurice Sullivan, Canton Mercy employee and hearing impaired since birth
Three Retirees Reflect on Their Years of Service at Mercy Medical Center

The median number of years a salary worker stays with their employer is 4.6, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not so for Mercy Medical Center retirees Larry Ramer, Kaye Wingert and Steve Boger. Collectively, the trio served 121 years at the hospital. With two of these dedicated employees recently retiring and one…

Larry Ramer Retires 2015 | Mercy Medical Center Canton Ohio
Mercy Encourages Good Dental Hygiene for Allen School Students

Mercy Mission Outreach again held a dental assembly earlier this week for Canton City School's Allen Elementary School in southeast Canton. Students learned about proper dental care and received a special gift bag of dental care products. Staff members and volunteers included Anthony Johnson, DDS, Mercy Dental Services at St. Paul Square; Tracia Wellman, outreach…

Dental Assembly Canton Ohio with Mercy Dental Services, 2014