Guidelines for the “Girls”

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Today is the day we stare down breast cancer and decide that we are stronger, we are smarter, and we will never live in denial about our health. Of course, it won’t be easy. Breast cancer poses a threat…

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HOSPITAL[ITY]: Warm Service, Safe Environment, Exceptional Care

WARM SERVICE | SAFE ENVIRONMENT | EXCEPTIONAL CARE At some point in your life, chances are that you have visited a hospital. Whether it was to treat a broken bone, welcome a new baby, visit a healing relative, or undergo life-saving surgery, our hospital is at the heart of the community. We are here for…

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Self Defense: How Can You Prevent Disease?

Taking care of yourself has never been more important. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and make you more vulnerable to other health concerns. Partnering with your primary care physician on staying well is about feeling healthier now–to defend yourself…

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Rest: More than Zzzz’s

You know the feeling. You wake up feeling sluggish and the rest of the day you feel like you’re walking around in a fog. Our busy lives leave us little time to truly get the rest we need, and if you’re not careful, it can have a negative effect on your health. Getting enough rest…

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Embracing an Uncomfortable Peace, the Heart of Chris Fogarty’s Wellness Journey

Take it from an expert—and a very busy father of soon-to-be eight young children—all of us have mental health needs. Chris Fogarty, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Mercy psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who provides mental health outpatient care for patients of all ages. He also provides consultation for Mercy’s Emergency Department and admitted patients, and…

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The Heart of it All: How Can I Keep my Family Heart Healthy?

Our families are made up of all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. But whether you are caring for your partner, a grandparent, teen, or toddler, there are simple steps you can take to ensure every member of your family stays heart healthy. The key to fighting cardiovascular disease is to encourage a healthy diet…

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Mercy Housekeepers are Always on the Front Lines When it Comes to Protecting Patients, Staff and Visitors from Germs

“Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear scrubs. Some of them wear uniforms. And some of them wear what you’re wearing right now.” – Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Health Department. Mercy’s team of 80 housekeepers are always on the front line when it comes to protecting patients, staff and visitors…

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Mercy Respiratory Therapist Facilitates Production of Intubation Box to Protect Staff During COVID-19 Pandemic

“Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear scrubs. Some of them wear uniforms. And some of them wear what you’re wearing right now.” – Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Health Department. Trinae Jones, a 15-year Mercy respiratory therapist, researched innovative solutions to increase protection for Mercy staff who perform procedures that…

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Mercy Manager of Clinical Engineering Implements Game-Changing Mask Sterilization Protocol

“Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear scrubs. Some of them wear uniforms. And some of them wear what you’re wearing right now.” – Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Mercy has activated their Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). In his role as…

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Sewing and Donating Masks to Mercy

Mercy Medical Center is grateful to all individuals and organizations willing to help our caregivers, patients and community during the COVID-19 crisis. With the expected surge in coronavirus-related cases, we are taking critical steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all those we serve. Sewing and Donating Masks We are seeking talented individuals…

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Eat Right to Heal!

During Nutrition Awareness month, the staff at Mercy Wound & Hyperbaric Center are emphasizing the value of good nutrition and advising their patients to eat balanced meals to speed wound healing. Though often overlooked as a factor in wound healing, good nutrition is an extremely important part of the healing process. Wounds must be well-fed…

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Stroke Recovery Strengthens Health, Resolve of Mercy’s Peter McDaniel

“Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear scrubs. Some of them wear uniforms. And some of them wear what you’re wearing right now.” ~Dr. Amy Acton, Director, Ohio Health Department Lessons Learned From Personal Health Crisis Help During COVID-19 Disease Outbreak While he wears many hats in his job, Mercy Director of Safety…

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A Message to Mercy Patients & Our Community

Together, we all face challenges and uncertainty. Our daily lives have changed due to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). We at Mercy Medical Center want our communities to know this is a road we will walk together with you throughout the months ahead. Cases of COVID-19 will continue to grow until late May or longer, according to…

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10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home

If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. They may tell you to manage your care from home. Follow these tips shared by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as of March 22, 2020, in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Stay home from work, school and away…

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Hangry? What should my family eat to stay healthy?

The basics of healthy eating and good nutrition are the same for each member of your family: choose healthy foods most of the time and limit the amount of unhealthy foods you eat. But healthy eating can be difficult to fit into your family’s everyday busy life, especially when everyone is immediately “hangry” when they walk…

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19

This article was last updated on March 19, 2020, at 11:10 am. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call the ODH Hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634). Mercy Implements Visitor Restrictions Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and until further notice, Mercy will implement visitation restrictions for visitors in conjunction with other area hospitals to prevent the…

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The Doctor Will Hear You Now

Regular health check ups are a great opportunity to develop a relationship with your doctor before you get sick and can help you prevent illnesses and manage chronic diseases. When was the last time you saw YOUR doctor? Schedule an appointment today. Annual checkups. Traditionally, these visits have involved running tests and looking for things that…

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Take These Numbers to Heart

February is American Heart Month, a perfect time to discuss the heart-healthy numbers you should aim for and what they mean. BMI: Based on height-to-weight ratio, body mass index (BMI) is an overall indicator of healthy weight. BMI does not distinguish between women and men. Your BMI should be between 20 and 24. WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE: Extra…

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Mercy TAVR Patient, Age 88, Can Breathe Easy Again

Jane Coleman found it hard to breathe. She had little energy and always felt tired. A widow and resident of an independent living facility in North Canton, Jane had started paying for extra help with household chores, such as changing her bed sheets. Most would say this isn’t unusual for people of Jane’s age (she’ll…

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Cervical Cancer and HPV: What You Need to Know

Last month was Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Mercy Cancer Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost…

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‘Mercy Gave Us Our Mom Back’

North Canton Woman Recovers Strength, Spirit at 97 After TAVR Procedure Virginia Boyle survived a heart attack at age 72. Living with her son in Ravenna, Ohio, at the time, she underwent a heart catheterization at an Akron hospital, returning five subsequent times for stents. For nearly 25 years, her heart remained stable, and Virginia—a…

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High-risk TAVR patient Virginia Boyle after surgery at Mercy in Canton
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