The Mercy Family and Our Hospital Mission: Reflections at Christmas

During the Christmas season, family becomes especially important. Whether loved ones are close by, far away, or fondly remembered this year, it’s a good time to reflect on all that family may mean to us. For me, Mercy employees and staff members are like part of my family, and I have heard many of our employees…

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Merry Christmas from Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio in 2016
When Challenges Become Gifts: Mercy Dental Resident Takes Experience to Our Community

Former Mercy Dental Services resident George R. Williams embraced the complex and challenging cases hospital-based dentistry often presented. He views his experience as a gift he can pass on to his current patients and the Stark County community. Guest post by Sterling Haynes and Mary Beth Breda Even as a young teen, George R. Williams…

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George Williams former mercy dental resident, canton, ohio
Christian Completes 800-mile Haute Route Ride Through French Alps for Cancer Center

We are so proud of Chris Christian, LAN administrator with Mercy Information Services! Earlier this month, Chris completed the Haute Route, an arduous, seven-day, 800-kilometer bike ride through the French Alps. It was the equivalent of running a full marathon per day for seven days. Cycling to honor the memory of friends and family members…

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Chris Christian Completes Haute Route 2016 for Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio
Healthy 4 Life Camp for Kids Invests in Northeast Canton Community

“The children were behaved, very inquisitive, and willing to share stories about their family. Many of them already knew about good nutrition because they were learning similar information in school, which was so exciting to hear.” — Tracia Wellman, Mercy Mission Outreach Mercy Mission Outreach continued its summer camp for school-age children this year, holding…

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Healthy4Life Camp 2016, northeast Canton Ohio
Cancer Survivor Margaret Smith: ‘My Strength Comes From the Lord’

Many people find emotional support from their religious or spiritual beliefs and their faith community. Prayer and reflective meditation may bring you solace, perspective, and inspire hope. For some, their faith has always been a source of strength and comfort. Others find that their faith is renewed by the challenges they are facing. Finding a…

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Canton Mercy employee Margaret Smith, cancer survivor
Cancer Survivor Nancy Whitaker: In 1965, ‘My Life Changed Forever’

There are more than 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today, and Mercy Cancer Center is grateful to be a part of the advancements in cancer care that help people live longer, fuller lives after a cancer diagnosis. Nancy Whitaker (front row, center) has been a Mercy volunteer for 28 years, the past…

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canton ohio cancer survivor nancy whitaker - 1965 - ovarian cancer
Meet Some of Mercy’s Long-time Employees

We have many long-time members of our “Mercy family,” and during National Hospital Week 2016, we’re celebrating all our staff members, as well as highlighting those who were willing to share their story. 40 YEARS Joan Runion, medical technologist, has worked in the laboratory since starting her career at Mercy. She began working the afternoon…

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National Hospital Week 2016 Mercy Medical Center, Canton Ohio
Mercy’s Chris Fogarty Receives 2016 Barbara Donaho Award

Congratulations to Chris Fogarty, RN, BSN, a 2016 recipient of the Kent State University College of Nursing’s Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award. Named in honor of former Kent State University College of Nursing Advisory Chair Barbara Donaho, the award recognizes area nurses who demonstrate effective leadership, compassionate role modeling, and sound professional mentoring. Chris is…

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Chris Fogarty - 2016 Barbara Donaho Award - Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio
Language Like a Lifeline: Emergency Situation Inspires Bilingual Employee to Pursue Nursing Career

For Alex Camacho, who emigrated to the United States with his family when he was just 11, learning English was a challenge. Years later, this bilingual Mercy employee had a career-changing experience in the emergency department after interpreting for a young Latino patient in a difficult situation. In becoming a lifeline for her, Alex discovered…

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Alex Camacho in Dominican Republic 2016
Mercy Peer Visitors Help Guide New Stroke Survivors

Mercy Peer Visitors giving hope and encouragement to stroke patients at the hospital. The program was created by Mercy therapists who felt new stroke patients would find encouragement from others who already experienced the journey through stroke recovery. “[People who’ve never had a stroke] have no idea how difficult it is to be a stroke…

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Stroke Survivors Canton Ohio Help Others With Peer Support
Open Arms and Hearts: Greek Woman, Family Find Home in Canton & at Mercy

Once a lonely young immigrant from Greece, Lily Janidas has lived in Follansbee, W. Va., Marion, Ind., and Steubenville, Ohio. For many years now, she has called Stark County home, and she and her oldest son consider Mercy to be family.   Guest post by Mary Beth Breda, Mercy Volunteer Services Coordinator I met Lily…

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Canton Mercy St Paul Square Greek Family 2015
Tree of Thanks Grows as People Express Their Gratitude

Mercy employees Sara Sultan and Taylor Isla created a Tree of Thanks in Mercy’s main lobby, inviting people to anonymously share things they are thankful for. According to Cindy Mayle, manager of admitting, the response has been overwhelming and from the heart. In early November, Mercy employees Sara Sultan, admitting, and Taylor Isla, emergency department,…

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Tree of Thanks at Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio, Thanksgiving 2015
Mercy Service League: Keepers of the Mercy Medical Center Mission

The roots of Mercy Service League run deep, and the group’s history has a direct lineage from Mercy’s founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine. Learn more about becoming a member of Mercy Service League >> The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine were strong advocates of social justice and ventured from France to northeast…

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Historical Mercy Service League Check Presentation, Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio
Tom Paumier: Dentist, Mercy Ambassador & ODA President Creates ‘Ripples of Influence’ for Oral Health Throughout Ohio

“Tom Paumier is a community connector, a dental mentor, and a generator of ‘ripples of influence’ that impact the oral health and total wellbeing of not only those in Stark County, but of all Ohioans.” ~ Elaine Campbell, Director, Mercy Development Foundation Mercy honors Thomas Pamier, DDS, (left) for the crucial role he played in…

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Dedication of Mercy Dental Services in Canton Ohio
Mercy Rosary Makers Craft Physical Reminders of Faith for Hope, Comfort

Helping people through difficult times is what the Rosary Makers at Mercy are all about. Patients who receive the rosaries often feel a sense of warmth and comfort knowing that the rosaries were made to spiritually support the healing process. Mercy Rosary Makers were founded by Shirley Baumgartner, a retired nurse and current Mercy volunteer….

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Rosary Maker Volunteers at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio
Mercy Volunteer Anjali Ta: ‘Teens Don’t Get Volunteer Options Like This Elsewhere’

In addition to providing experience in a health-care setting for a teen with dreams of becoming a family doctor, Mercy Volunteer Services has also given Anjali Ta an outlet for her skills in writing and music, too. Jackson High School sophomore Anjali Ta hopes to someday be a family medicine physician. Looking for ways to…

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Anjali Ta - teen volunteer - mercy medical center, canton, ohio - 2015
Cruisin for Cancer’s Rhonda Griffin: ‘Cancer Experience Opened My Eyes to Community Needs’

"I've seen how the Cruisin for Cancer brings the community together. It encourages us to embrace one another and to no longer be afraid to talk about cancer." ~ Rhonda Griffin, executive director of the Louisville (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce and breast cancer survivor Rhonda Griffin remembers receiving the letter during the busy month of…

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Louisville Ohio Cruisin for Cancer's Rhonda Griffin and her cancer story
Food Services Turns Forgotten Outdoor Space into a Productive Garden

What good is a small outdoor space that's nearly forgotten and hemmed in by high walls? With a little faith, imagination and hard work, it can provide one of nature's greatest gifts. At Mercy, we're literally making the workplace more green. Our food services team recently planted a raised-bed herb and vegetable garden in an…

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Outdoor herb garden at hospital - Mercy Medical Center in Canton Ohio
Canton City Schools Make Healthy 4 Life Part of Summer Learning

Canton City Schools’ middle-school nurse Dmitri Miles partnered with Mercy this summer on our grant-funded Healthy 4 Life Camp. She says, “Ohio’s testing demands have increased so much in recent years that we have very little time to address health topics. During Healthy 4 Life, in contrast, we spent more than two hours with students…

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Healthy 4 Life Summer Camp, Canton Ohio - 1
Linda S. Osborne: Mercy Has Always Been Our Hospital

"I remember the day when fellow volunteer Elaine Fladen and I were asked to select wallpaper for a new radiology waiting room. We looked at each other and said, 'Why not? Mercy is our hospital.'" – Linda S. Osborne, past Mercy Service League president, long-time hospital volunteer and donor Linda S. Osborne is picture above…

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Linda Simmons Osborne, Past Mercy Service League President
Pet Patrol Dog Brings Calm, Happiness to Hospital Patient

For Ross Riggs and his dog Gunner, it was just a quiet evening of visiting people at Mercy. Yet, for a patient without the ability to communicate and her deeply concerned nurse, Gunner's presence meant calm and peace. Ross Riggs, a Mercy Pet Patrol volunteer, shares an experience he had one evening visiting Mercy Medical…

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Ross and Gunner - Mercy Pet Patrol 2015