Meet Jason and Dawn: Our ‘O2’ Therapists at Lake Health Center

Meet Jason Bell and Dawn Ocker, physical therapists at Mercy Health Center of Lake. They jokingly refer to one another as "O2" because they are the original (O) two (2) employees who have worked at the health center since it opened in 2004. Jason and Dawn worked together at another therapy facility when Dawn noticed […]

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Mercy Health Center of Lake in Hartville Ohio | Physical Therapists Celebrate 10th Anniversary
Meet Buffy Phillips: Mercy Therapist Calls Herself ‘Gait Trainer’

It’s Rehab Week 2014, and we honor the many gifted and caring rehabilitation therapists at Mercy! Today we’re sharing the story of a therapist who’s done an amazing job of caring for Mercy patients and families since 1976. Meet Buffy Phillips, a physical therapist (PT) at Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center whose ties with our hospital […]

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Canton Ohio Mercy Physical Therapy & Rehab | Meet Buffy Phillips
Beyond 1,851: Tour de Mercy Ends on the Mountain Top

On this 106th anniversary of Mercy Founders Day, our pilgrim Chris Christian is now on a plane bound for Cleveland, Ohio. He had originally planned to cycle 1,851 kilometres to raise cancer awareness and honor the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, who left France on September 24, 1851, and sailed to America to care […]

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Conclusion of Tour de Mercy 2014
‘The Human Spirit Is an Amazing Thing’: Life Lessons from Tour de Mercy

After biking in France since September 11, Chris Christian returned to Italy on Wednesday, September 17, at kilometre 1400 in his cycling loop through Europe. Soon, after numerous mountain climbs and 17 days on most rugged tour he's ever attempted, Chris will reach the end of this extraordinary trek. His personal goal: 1,851 kilometers in […]

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King of the Mountain: Tour de Mercy Tops Formidable Mt. Ventoux

He did it! This past Sunday Chris Christian completed the most difficult stage of Tour de Mercy: the ascent of Mont Ventoux, a climb made famous in modern times by elite Tour de France cyclists. Also called the “Beast of Provence,” Mt. Ventoux gradients average from 3.9 percent to 8.9 percent with frequent strong winds, […]

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Tour de Mercy 2014 Mt Ventoux Summit
More Mountains and Higher Spirits: Chris Rides ‘Stage Kennedy’

After a very difficult ride yesterday in the mountains, Chris continued cycling through the French Alps today on what he calls Stage Kennedy, named in honor of Mary Ann Kennedy, mother of Mercy IT employee Ben Kennedy, who lost her battle with cancer several years ago. Despite the continued challenge of the terrain, Chris reports […]

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Tour de Mercy 2012 | Final Mountain Ascent on 9.11.14 for Chris Christian
‘Turning Around Is Not on My List of Options’: Tour de Mercy in the Alps

At this moment, Chris is resting in a hotel in the French Alps. In his own words, "I am pretty much drained." Yesterday, he sent photos of where he was heading. Before he started, he said: I'll need to take my mind someplace peaceful. I rode with an old timer today for a spell. He […]

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Tour de Mercy 2014 | View of the Alps
Follow Me. I’ll Lead You to the Right Road.

Our Tour de Mercy pilgrim continued his ride through Italy yesterday, biking 149 kilometres from Biella, brushing by Milano and Torino, and finally resting for the night in Venaria Reale. It's mountain-climbing time as Chris pushes through the most arduous part of his journey, cycling through the Alps. He says it's going to be a […]

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Tour de Mercy 2014 | Biella, Milano, Torino Italy
Tour de Mercy Begins: Chris Sets Out on September 7

After a lengthy transatlantic flight, Chris Christian arrived safely in Italy on September 7. But, instead of resting as planned, here's what he did: I got here early Sunday morning and was feeling pretty good. So, I went ahead and began biking from Bergamo to Biella today. I also climbed an incredible mountain in the Alps […]

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Tour de Mercy 2014 | Sanctuary di Oropa in Italy
Oakwood STEM Concussion Unit to Promote Community Awareness, Partnerships

This fall 150 seventh-grade students in the Plain Local Schools Oakwood Middle School STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Academy will extensively explore youth concussions and how they impact everyday life. Underwritten by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation with support from Mercy Medical Center, this problem-based learning unit will integrate everyday STEM […]

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Mercy and Plain Local Schools in Canton Ohio Healthy Partnership
Healthy 4 Life Summer Camp Focused on Good Eating, Good Health & More

With a grant from the Stark Community Foundation, Mercy Mission Outreach and the Stark County District Library Madge Youtz Branch piloted a free summer camp this year called Healthy 4 Life for kids in northeast Canton. Held each Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm for four consecutive weeks, the camp offered fun, interactive lessons […]

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Timken Basketball Players Model Healthy Attitudes, Behaviors at Peace Camp

Community Services of Stark County and members of Timken High School boys basketball team recently piloted a new collaboration on behalf of children from southeast and northeast Canton. For the first time, team members served as counselors and physical activity directors at Camp Akwaba, a summer program established nearly two decades ago by Mercy Mission Outreach to teach peacemaking […]

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‘Weekly Funny’: Tuslaw Student Cheers Mercy Patients with Jokes, Drawings

At the beginning of summer, 9-year-old Nathan Kneidel accepted this challenge from his teachers at RiverTree Christian Church: find a way to serve others through your God-given gifts. When Nathan talked with his mother Amy about what he’s good at and what he likes to do, they thought of the jokes Nathan shares with his […]

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Allen Elementary Makes Its Best GOTR Showing in 2014

In Mercy’s fifth year as the sponsor of the Allen Elementary Girls on the Run (GOTR) team, the students from this Canton City school made their best showing yet! Ten students, including one girl with Downs Syndrome, crossed the finish line of this special 5K with a mission to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident” […]

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Allen Elementary Makes Its Best GOTR Showing in 2014

In Mercy’s fifth year as the sponsor of the Allen Elementary Girls on the Run (GOTR) team, the students from this Canton City school made their best showing yet! Ten students, including one girl with Downs Syndrome, crossed the finish line of this special 5K with a mission to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy […]

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150 Years of Caring: Humility of Mary Sisters Share Mercy Ministry & Legacy

If you are from Stark County, Ohio, or another neighboring county, the history of Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine (CSA) may be familiar to you. For more than a century, the Sisters of Charity have served the people of Canton and beyond, and its members continue to care for […]

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Mercy Baby Showers Provide Canton Moms with Gifts, Childcare Education

Over the centuries and across many cultures, people have observed and honored the impending birth of a child. At modern-day baby showers, friends and family "shower" the mom-to-be with gifts for the newborn, as well as parenting wisdom and encouragement. For several years, Mercy Mission Outreach has celebrated the joy and the responsibility of giving […]

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Mercy’s 2014 Clinical Excellence Winners Exemplify Nurses ‘Leading the Way’

Patients often recognize that a nurse is the health care professional with whom they and their families have the most direct contact. But they might not realize that nurses also are leaders in improving the quality of care and expanding access to care. That’s why May 6-12 is celebrated as National Nurses Week, an annual […]

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45-Year Employee Saidi Eckert Awarded Star Performer of the Year

Forty-five years ago, Saidi Eckert arrived in Canton with little money and no job. She says she wanted to follow God’s will for her life and was asking Him for direction. God answered her prayer. Saidi says she heard God say, “Follow me. You see that building over there, which says Mercy? You go there. […]

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We Wish Our Supporters a Merry Christmas

During this special season of giving, we at Mercy would like to thank our many supporters for their generous gifts of time, talent and resources in 2013. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! […]

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Restart the Heart: Rapid Response with AED Saves a Life at Mercy

On June 22, Leroy Essick’s heart stopped. Thanks to the quick response from Mercy Medical Center employees and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), Essick’s heart is beating again. He can’t recall how long he suffered from shoulder pain, but he says it happened off and on for some time. “Anytime I would […]

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