Calendar of Centential Events

One mission. One century.

A pictorial Celebration of Mercy Medical Center’s Historic Beginnings

9/5/08 – 10/15/2008
Tues. – Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. *evenings by appointment

As part of the Julz Gallery Series, the public is invited to this free showing of “One mission. One century.” a pictorial display featuring historical photos, archival articles and memorabilia reflecting a century of progress from Mercy’s beginnings in 1908. Special collages of the hospital’s stained glass windows and a glass collage of “Then and Now” photos reflect the rich past and future promise of Canton’s first and only faith-based hospital. Julz


On display at Julz by Alan Rodriguez, located at 220 Market Ave. N., downtown Canton.

Interfaith Prayer Service Marks Mercy’s Centennial

September 24, 2008- 5:30 p.m. McKinley Senior High School Umstattd Hall

interfaith ImagesAs part of the hospital’s centennial celebration, Mercy held an interfaith prayer service on it’s 100th anniversary ­ Wednesday, Sept. 24 ­ at McKinley Senior High School’s Umstattd Hall. The service featured scripture, prayer and music.

Centennial Harvest Ball To Celebrate 100 Years Of Community Support For Mercy

Mercy Service League’s October Event Will Raise Funds for New I.C.U.
Centennial harvest Ball 2008 logo

In celebration of 100 years of community support for Mercy Medical Center, the Mercy Service League has themed its fundraising gala the Centennial Harvest Ball, to be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Proceeds from this exceptional, “no wallets required” event ­ known for its fine food and dancing without a raffle, auction or program ­ will benefit the hospital’s construction of a new I.C.U.

A $20.5-million-dollar project, the 24-unit I.C.U. will be a state-of-the-art facility located behind the Mercy Surgery Center. The project, slated for completion in the spring of 2009, will also include expansion of the surgery center parking garage and relocation of the helipad to the roof of the I.C.U.

For more information about the Centennial Harvest Ball, call 330-489-1018.

Mercy Hospice celebrates 25 years of hospice care in Stark County

Traveling exhibit honors the life, love and hope found in hospice care Crossings Video Presentation

Hospice services in Stark County began in the early 1980s. A group of community leaders came together to explore the possibility of providing care similar to the movement that began in England by Dame Cicely Saunders. The goal was to provide better care for individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice of Stark County and the Visiting Nurse Society of Central Stark County opened offices in 1982. The organizations later merged into Hospice of Stark County, a program of the Visiting Nurse Society. In 1996 the organization became a department of Mercy Medical Center and was named Mercy Medical Center Hospice.

HospiceTwenty-five years later, Mercy Hospice pays tribute to their special patients, families and caregivers through a traveling exhibit. Appropriately named Crossings, this touching exhibit features 10 displays with photography and stories of Mercy Hospice and the remarkable relationship shared between patients, family members and caregivers. Crossings is on display Monday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 2 at Chapel Hill Community, located at 12200 Strausser St., N.W., in Canal Fulton.

What is Hospice?

More than 1.2 million people received hospice services in the U.S. in 2005, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hospice represents a deliberate shift from aggressive disease management doing anything possible to cure a condition to focus on comfort, or keeping a patient as functional, alert and pain-free as possible.

Hospice care providers including physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, counselors, social workers, clergy, home health aidesand trained volunteers help patients live their last days peacefully, with dignity and respect. Hospice

House Resolution Bill 5180, cosponsored by Ralph Regula in 1982, was the beginning of coverage for Hospice services by Medicare. Mercy Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most health insurance plans for individuals with a life-limiting illness and physician’s order. For more information about Mercy Hospice, call 330-649-4380.


Mercy Limited Edition Ornaments
Limted Edition Ornaments This holiday, decorate your tree with a limited edition ornament from the Mercy Historical Christmas Ornament Series. Local artist Bob Maurer created a rendering of the McKinley Home, where Mercy Hospital opened in 1908, for the first ornament which began the series in 2005. The 2006 ornament is a rendering of Mercy Hospital, which opened in downtown Canton in 1911. This year the 2007 and 2008 editions will be released of Little Flower Hospital (1927) and Timken Mercy Hospital (1952). Ornaments can be purchased for $20 each or two for $35 at Mercy gift Shop.

Mercy Medical Center’s Centennial–Theme Float wins Builders’ Award at Pro Football HOF Timken Grand Parade

Award-winning float!

During Mercy Medical Center’s centennial year, the hospital participated in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) Festival Timken Grand Parade on Saturday, Aug. 2. Out of this year’s 16 float entries, the hospital’s centennial-themed float won the Builders’ Award for the best professional builder entry.

Float walker Patti Belding and husband Brad (“The Balloon Man”) ­ who, along with their two teenage daughters, regularly entertain audiences with balloon art and magic shows ­ crafted elaborate balloon hats for the Mercy parade team.

In addition to Belding, the float committee included Barb Yingling, assistant chief nursing officer, Lynne Dragomier, vice president, and employees Cindy Hickey, Carol Clevinger, Ann Almasy, Janet Boiarski, John Feucht and Pete Christ.

PALS representatives and longest service employee

Float riders were Louise Capuano, longest service employee; Jim Johns, M.D., medical staff representative; Carol Prazer, R.N., recipient of 2007 Cameo of Caring Award and nursing staff representative; Mitva Soni, volunteer representative; Sister Judith Ann Karam, C.S.A., president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System; and Chalil Robinson and CC McKinney, Mercy PALS representatives.

Walkers included Patti Belding, Patricia Blue-Boswell, Chris Dine, Tina Frutig, Patch Geyer, Therese Gilbert, Julie Goodrick, Taylor Hacha, Lena Hartman, Gloria Jeter, Alicia Long, Sherry Morris, Linette Ossler, Larry Poletsky, Kim Romano, Dawn Stump, Connie Twiss, Karrah Weider, Janet Wells and Kay Wengerd.

Open House

Mercy Employees/Families Celebrate Hospital’s Centennial During Open House

The feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine dedicated and opened the doors of Mercy Hospital, admitting two patients into what was once the downtown Canton home of the late President William McKinley.

That was the beginning of Mercy Medical Center’s first century of caring for the community. For 100 years, the hospital’s mission has remained unchanged: to continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care for the whole person.

As part of Mercy Medical Center’s yearlong centennial celebration, the hospital opened its doors Sunday, March 2 for employees, physicians, volunteers and their family and friends. More than 800 guests attended to tour Mercy’s advanced treatment centers, including heart, cancer and surgery centers; radiology and nuclear medicine; emergency department; clinical laboratory and pharmacy.

During the open house, Mercy showcased its world-class services and state-of-the-art equipment. Tour highlights included a digital operating room, a CT scanner and MRI, the pharmacy robot, the emergency department chest pain center and cath lab, and maternity services.

Guests received commemorative centennial bookmarks and many other giveaways. The cafeteria served light refreshments, and most departments offered visitors additional treats.

Open House Open House
Open House Open House
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