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Hearing-impaired Employee Says Favorite Sound Is Hearing the Word 'Daddy'

Feb 18, 2015

Hearing-impaired Employee Says Favorite Sound Is Hearing the Word 'Daddy'

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 - 1:39 PM in Employees , Awards and Recognition


Maurice Sullivan, Canton Mercy employee and hearing impaired since birthMaurice 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 hear the phone ringing and some other sounds. He did not learn sign language until the seventh grade and says it took two years to master it.

When Maurice was 21 years old, he could no longer hear anything in his right ear, even with the help of hearing aids. Then, he lost total hearing in his left. In 2011, Maurice underwent cochlear implant surgery at University Hospitals. Maurice says he had to learn sounds he never heard before. He remembers the first sound he heard after his surgery – the air conditioner.

Maurice is married to his high school sweetheart, Carlie. Together, they have two beautiful girls, Savannah and Whitney. He is very proud of his family and proud to be able to support them. One of his very favorite sounds is hearing his children call him “daddy.” He is very appreciative of the surgery and thankful for his job at Mercy.

Due to a longstanding commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities, Mercy Medical Center was recognized in 2014 as a Committed to Opportunity Award recipient from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). The award recognizes companies who have a proven track record of integrating individuals with disabilities into their workforce. Individuals, their families and their communities are stronger today because of the opportunities for employment companies across Ohio have provided.

Read about employee Gary Trompower, another hearing-impaired employee who received Community Champion Award in 2012 for his contributions to the equality and independence of hearing-impaired individuals in our community. 

About Cindy Hickey

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Cindy Hickey, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at Mercy Medical Center, began working at Mercy Medical Center in 1982 after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. She serves on the advisory board of About magazine and is a graduate of the 21st Class of Leadership Stark County.


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