More than 100 years ago, Mercy Medical Center began as a gift.
Rosa Klorer purchased President William McKinley’s former home on North Market Street and donated it to the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine for the express purpose of creating a faith-based hospital in Canton, Ohio, that would be open to everyone.
Today, Mercy has grown well beyond what Mrs. Klorer and the Sisters of Charity could have originally envisioned, and we continue to serve local communities in the spirit of that first gift, which has proven its lasting value.
At Mercy, improving health care has long been a passion and introducing medical advances to Stark and surrounding counties a hallmark of our hospital. The major expansion and renovation of our emergency department (ED) – which we expect to complete by the end of September – epitomizes this desire to provide the very latest in quality care. We are certain that it, too, will become a gift of lasting value for our community – a gift that would not be possible without the generosity of many from our community. It is a beautiful example of what the Apostle Paul describes in the New Testament book of Second Corinthians. He writes:
“…whoever sows generously will also reap generously… And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
The good work that we do at Mercy each day is intended to be a gift to our patients, their families and our community. In 2013, those gifts included:
- Nearly $24 million in community benefit
- New adult and pediatric therapy services at Mercy Health Center of Jackson
- Low-cost, low-dose lung screenings and MRI-guided breast biopsies
- 12 new Mercy physicians who are now providing increased access to health care for patients in Canton, Alliance, Plain Township, Jackson Township and beyond
- Many noteworthy accomplishments by our employees and volunteers
- Numerous awards and achievements from our centers of excellence, as well as our other fine departments
- Outstanding community education and outreach initiatives
The mission and ministry of Mercy continued to benefit abundantly in 2013 from the gifts of our many donors and supporters, who gave more than $1.5 million to the Mercy Development Foundation. We deeply appreciate all who blessed us last year through their generous gifts.
As Mercy moves forward in 2014, we are certain of this: people need quality, compassionate, affordable and accessible health care, and Mercy will offer it with the help and support of our physicians, staff members, volunteers and community. Working together, we can provide even greater benefits of lasting value that will touch more lives than ever before.
Thomas E. Cecconi, FACHE
President & CEO, Mercy Medical Center