Safe Sleep for Sweet Dreams: Mercy Helps Address Infant Mortality in Stark County

Although our nation’s infant mortality rate has gone down in the last 10 years, Ohio’s has remained the same. Tragically, Stark County’s death rate for infants is not only higher than Ohio’s, it also shows a disparity between white infants and African American infants. At Mercy, we are very concerned about this problem.  Guest post by…

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Infant Mortality Stark County Ohio 2015
Dr. James King: Mission Is Very Obvious at Mercy

When Mercy Development Foundation needed a chair for its 2nd Century Campaign – a fundraising initiative dedicated to renovation and expansion of our emergency department (ED) – James King, MD, was an ideal choice. Thanks in large part to his efforts, we exceeded our $6 million goal for the first capital campaign for a Stark…

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Dr. James L. King and Charlene King 2015 - Mercy Medical Center Canton Ohio
Yes, iDo! Using Technology, Mercy Helps Patient ‘Attend’ Granddaughter’s Wedding

With their granddaughter's wedding just four days away, Lawrence and Mary Page and their family were saddened by the news. Lawrence, age 90, would not be healthy enough to go home in time to attend. Mercy's Mike Heckathorn and Jason Pirtz decided it was the perfect opportunity to try something new. Jamie Lowder was getting…

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Lawrence Mary Page East Canton Ohio 2015 | man watches granddaughter's wedding on ipad
Music to Their Ears: Green Intermediate Students Collect, Organize 1,000 CDs for Mercy Hospice

Sarah and Emily Kolesar have a passion for service, fostered in part by their Girl Scout troop's "Year of Service." So, when they learned Mercy Hospice needed someone to organize its small collection of music CDs, that was music to their ears – and inspiration for their minds. In Sarah's and Emily's capable young hands, the…

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Mercy Hospice CD labelling project 2015 - 1
Teen Volunteer Discovers Being a Leader Is Fun

"What I learned about leadership [as a Mercy volunteer] is that being a leader is actually rather fun and not as strict as what people make it seem like.” — Wan Xing, Mercy TAG Volunteer Wan Xing has been a part of the Teen T.A.G. (Together, Achieving Greatness) volunteer program since December 2012 and has…

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Jackson High School's Wan Xing, Mercy Volunteer, 2015 Canton Ohio
Parents of Triplets Born at Mercy Focus on Healthy Babies, Not Things

“How will you ever handle that?” Vesna Politis says she heard this often after telling people she was carrying triplets. Her response: one day at a time. When Vesna and her husband Elias learned last year she was pregnant with two boys and one girl, they weren’t overly concerned about their own coping skills or…

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Triples Born Canton Ohio May 2015
Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Considers Her Work a Ministry

For 26 years, Susan Workman's career focused on the travel industry, and she enjoyed helping her clients plan dream vacations. Today, she's putting that planning experience to work in a whole new way for Mercy Hospice patients and their families. In 2003, Susan and her husband moved to Ohio, and she accepted a job with…

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Susan Workman, Mercy Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Canton, Ohio 2015
‘All the Regulars’: Senior Friends Volunteer Forms Close Friends Through Service

"The most valuable experience of volunteering for me would be the memories I have made with all the friends I have met." — Carol Wilson, Mercy Senior Friends volunteer Carol Wilson’s eyes light up whenever she talks about volunteering with Mercy Senior Friends and Mercy Medical Records. She has given more than 1,100 hours of…

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Carol Wilson Mercy Senior Friends Volunteer 2015
Devoted to Mercy and Our Mission: Gift Shop Volunteers Have Passion to Serve

Collectively serving more than 8,000 hours, two retired Mercy nurses and current gift shop volunteers serve because they remain committed to the hospital, our mission and their fellow volunteers. Karen Baysinger calls her position in the Mercy Gift Shop her “dream job.” A graduate of Mercy’s school of nursing, Karen worked in Mercy Maternity Services…

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Karen Baysinger, Mercy Gift Shop Volunteer, Canton Ohio, 2015
Teen Volunteer Learns to Approach Every Problem with Compassion

"Each time I walk in for my volunteer assignment, I'm not quite sure what will be waiting for me. However, this has taught me to approach every problem with a solution and compassion." – Elizabeth Molnar, Mercy T.A.G. Volunteer Elizabeth “Lizzy” Molnar has been a part of the Teen T.A.G. (Together, Achieving Greatness) volunteer program…

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Elizabeth Molnar, Canton Ohio volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, 2015
Volunteer Jeanette King: ‘I Really Look Forward to My Tuesdays’

"What amazes me about voluteering at Mercy is how often I meet the nicest people." ~ Jeanette King, retired public health nurse and Mercy volunteer Meet Jeanette King, a Mercy volunteer for more than a year. She has accumulated 305 service hours across several different volunteer assignments.  Jeanette is always willing to help wherever the…

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Jeanette King, Mercy Medical Center volunteer, Canton, Ohio 2015
Mercy Holds Dental, Diabetes Outreach Programs in Northeast Canton

As part of our Mission Outreach efforts in northeast Canton, Mercy recently held education programs at Mercy at St. Paul Square and Imagine School. Mercy Dental Services presented their popular dental health assembly to Imagine School last month, showing 145 students in grades k-4 how to properly care for their teeth. Jamie Darr, DDS, and…

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Northeast Canton Imagine School Dental Health Assembly 2015
Twice-retired Bank VP Calls Volunteering for Mercy Foundation the ‘Right Fit’

Richard (Dick) Croasdaile Jr. has always enjoyed an active life. After his second retirement last year, he soon joined the Mercy Development Foundation as a board member and regular volunteer. “After all,” he says, “how much golf can you play?” Although he likes to keep things light-hearted, his desire to help the foundation stems from…

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Dick Croasdaile Jr., Mercy Foundation Volunteer 2015
Mercy ER Nurses Saved Lives on Ohio Highways

Emergency situations are not unfamiliar to Brittney Johnson and Lyndley Corley. That’s because Brittney is a registered nurse in Mercy Emergency Department (ED) and Lyndley is a registered nurse, and ED coordinator for Case Management. But in 2014, both women’s emergency medicine skills were needed beyond the hospital. After working a 12-hour shift at Mercy…

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Mercy nurses save lives on Ohio's highways in 2014 | Canton, Ohio
Volunteer Jackie Betz Pays It Forward at Mercy

"Mercy is a wonderful place to 'pay it forward.'" ~ Jacqueline “Jackie” Betz, volunteer Meet Jackie Betz, a Mercy volunteer for more than a year. She has accumulated 380 service hours most recently as part of her concourse transport and human resources assignments. Previous volunteer time was spent performing clerical tasks for Mercy Professional Care…

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Jackie Betz, Mercy Medical Center Volunteer, Canton, Ohio, 2015
Cardiac Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor: ‘It Permeated the Entire Family Dynamic’

On September 16, 2012, David survived a heart attack. He was only 47 years old at the time. “That heart attack didn’t just affect me,” he says. “It permeated every aspect of the dynamics between me and my family. It still impacts our lives today.” Meet David Zeh (pictured above teaching a community CPR class),…

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David Zeh teaches CPR to Canton, Ohio, resident at Mercy Medical Center
Hearing-impaired Employee Says Favorite Sound Is Hearing the Word ‘Daddy’

Maurice 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…

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Maurice Sullivan, Canton Mercy employee and hearing impaired since birth
Volunteer Loel Stein: ‘Work Environment Is Outstanding’ at Mercy

"I like volunteering at Mercy because the work environment is outstanding, clean, respectful and fun." ~ Volunteer Loel Stein Meet Loel Stein, a part of our Mercy volunteer family for seven years. With more than 3,240 hours, Loel helps at the cancer center information desk twice a week and as a Eucharistic minister once a…

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Loel Stein Mercy Volunteer Canton Ohio | Canton Ohio Hospital Volunteers
Mary Hatchett: Volunteering Is ‘Giving Back to Community that Gave to Me’

“Volunteering has allowed me to use my skills and experience to do meaningful work and give back to the community that gave so much to me." ~ Mary Hatchett Meet Mary Hatchett, a Mercy volunteer for the past seven years with 3,300 hours of service. A retired principal, Mary helps at our Main Lobby Information…

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Canton Ohio volunteer opportunities | Mary Hatchett
I Believe in Mercy: Why Terry and Gail Moore Give Back

For Terry and Gail Moore, being a part of the Mercy Medical Center isn’t just about doing good things for a good cause, it is about family. Terry grew up in the shadow of Mercy Medical Center, in a house across from Monument Park. His grandmother worked in the sewing room at Mercy, often sharing stories…

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Terry Moore and Gail Moore | Mercy Development Foundation, Canton Ohio
Three Retirees Reflect on Their Years of Service at Mercy Medical Center

The median number of years a salary worker stays with their employer is 4.6, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not so for Mercy Medical Center retirees Larry Ramer, Kaye Wingert and Steve Boger. Collectively, the trio served 121 years at the hospital. With two of these dedicated employees recently retiring and one…

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Larry Ramer Retires 2015 | Mercy Medical Center Canton Ohio