Canton, Ohio: Portage County, Ohio, had been home to Evalene Danko since her birth in 1921. With the recent onset of dementia, however, the 92-year-old relocated to the Hartville home of her son John Danko, who arranged for daytime assistance through Catholic Charities Adult Day Services in Louisville.
The move presented several challenges, especially with providing ongoing healthcare. Evalene Danko’s long-time physician was located in Ravenna – a more than 30-minute drive from both Hartville and Louisville. So, together with Dianne Cumberledge, Catholic Charities program director, and Lori Westbrook, LSW, care manager for the Area Agency on Aging, John Danko began looking for an alternative.
Mercy Medical Center of St. Paul Square – located at 1459 Superior Ave., NE, in Canton – turned out to be the convenient, affordable solution for them.
While accompanying Evalene Danko on her first visit to St. Paul Square last month, Cumberlatch says she and others at Catholic Charities are very excited about the proximity of St. Paul Square.
“Debbie, our nurse, believes [St. Paul Square] will be a wonderful opportunity for a number of our participants,” says Cumberlatch. “Evalene happens to be the first one to take advantage of coming here.”
Quality, Convenient Care for Northeast Canton and Beyond
In November Mercy celebrated one year of caring for the residents of Northeast Canton. The first to provide services in this designated Health Professionals Shortage Area (HPSA), St. Paul Square operates under the medical home concept of team-based healthcare delivery. The state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible facility offers primary and dental care, as well as behavioral health through Community Services of Stark County.
Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, vice president of Mercy Mission and Ministry, says collaboration with many local organizations was key to establishing this philanthropically funded health center – formerly a convent and church rectory. The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, gave Mercy the building for $1 per year.
“When Mercy learned of overwhelming healthcare needs of people in Northeast Canton, we recognized that opening a medical home was the right thing to do,” says Capuano. “Bringing services here fit our mission completely. Our neighbors tell us our presence is a sign of hope and is making a positive difference in their lives.”
Affordable Dental Care for the Whole Family
On the same day of Evalene Danko’s initial exam with Kathleen Lee-Oles, CNP, nurse practitioner, preschooler Gabriel Slagle received his first dental check-up with Jaime Darr, DDS, dentist and graduate of the Mercy Dental Residency Program.
Tommy Slagle, Gabriel’s father, says everyone in his family now comes to St. Paul Square for dental care, including his wife Juanita, who is studying to become a surgical technician. He says health and dental insurance through his employer in Alliance is too costly.
“My wife is the one who discovered St. Paul Square, and even though we live in Carrollton, we all see the dentist here because the care is good and affordable.”
To learn more about Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, visit our About Us page. Catholic Charities Adult Day Services can be reached at 330-875-7979. To contact the Area Agency on Aging for Stark County, call 330-896-9172.
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