Mercy Medical Center employees from 24 hospital departments recently visited Allen Elementary School in Canton to host classroom celebrations.
Allison Goshay, BSN, B.S., R.N., nursing director at Mercy Medical Center, has participated in Mercy PALS since its inception over 16 years ago. Her staff sponsored three classrooms at Allen Elementary School for the most recent classroom celebrations. Goshay also reads with students every month.
Mercy Central Scheduling staff members Sara Sultan, Lesli Erb, Cheri Rickenbrode and Marie Yarian host a Mercy PALS classroom celebration at Allen Elementary School.
Over 375 students in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth warmly welcomed Mercy employees entering classrooms with games, snacks, crafts, books, and of course, take home goody bags. Mercy Medical Center gave drawstring bags to each student, as well. Hospital employees donate their time and resources to host classroom celebrations twice a year.
Mercy PALS began in 1996 as a partnership between Mercy Medical Center and Allen and Lathrop Elementary Schools. After Lathrop (renamed Compton) closed at the end of the 2008 school year, a number of the students transferred to Allen, where the PALS program continues and has grown to include employees from nearly every Mercy Medical Center department.
In addition to classroom parties, Mercy PALS program provides healthy snacks for students during state testing week and offers free health screenings for parents and teachers during fall and spring conferences. Activities don’t always take place on school grounds. Once a month, Mercy Medical Center transports a select group of students to the hospital for a lunch and reading program where students spend one-on-one time with a Mercy employee, volunteer or Mercy Service League member.
Students make tray favors for Mercy patients, and if you walk the halls from the hospital’s main parking garage to the lobby, you’ll see a gallery of students’ artwork on display. Mercy PALS is a win-win partnership and an opportunity for us to break from our daily routine and enjoy the company of children.
Mercy Laboratory Services employee Teri Nelson helps students at Allen Elementary School make sundaes during Mercy PALS day.
Cindy D’Egidio, director of rehabilitation services at Mercy Medical Center, celebrates Mercy PALS day with students at Allen Elementary School.