Canton, Ohio: During its annual homecoming dinner recently, the Mercy School of Nursing Alumni Association dedicated its new historic wall display, located in Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy Hall Auditorium. Designed by local artist Diane Adams, the display – entitled, Mercy School of Nursing, 1908-1984, A Legacy of Caring – features history, memorabilia, artifacts, outstanding alumni portraits and more. Mercy Chaplain Father Donald Feicht conducted the blessing ceremony.
Sr. Marian Durkin, CSA, Sr. Kathy Andrews, CSA, and Sr. Mary Lois Phillipp, CSA, were all in attendance for the dinner. Cindy Hickey, Mercy’s vice president of public relations and marketing, has worked with the artist and alumni group since late last year to coordinate the project.
Gloria Kline, a member of the nursing faculty at the time of the school’s closure in 1984, is the current president of the alumni association. She describes the ceremony as a wonderful celebration and says alumni were pleased with the beautiful display.
“The memorial wall commemorating Mercy School of Nursing is an ideal tribute to the school’s graduates, program, and, of course, founders – the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine,” says Gloria. “Its graduates continue to carry out the school’s mission in our own lives and in the lives of our patients.”
Mercy Hall was once the site of the former nursing school. It was established by three of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, who arrived in Canton in 1908 at the request of Bishop Horstmann, Diocese of Cleveland, to establish and direct a new hospital.
Mercy Hospital opened in 1908, and, to ensure the continuation of their health-care philosophy, the Sisters welcomed six young women as the first students of the Mercy Training School for Nurses that same year.
The Report of Mercy Hospital, 1908-1911, states, “The purpose of the training school is to assist young ladies, who are qualified, to nurse the sick in an intelligent manner, and to assist them spiritually and physically to attain the highest aim of their existence.”
Rita Sossong, now deceased, was Mercy School of Nursing’s last director. Sister Edwardine Baznik, SJSM, its final assistant director of nursing, currently serves as board chair of St. Joseph’s Care Center in Louisville, Ohio.
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The Mercy School of Nursing’s new historic wall display is located in Mercy Medical Center’s Mercy Hall Auditorium. Designed by local artist Diane Adams, the display – entitled, Mercy School of Nursing, 1908-1984, A Legacy of Caring – features history, memorabilia, artifacts, outstanding alumni portraits and more.
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Gloria Kline, part of the nursing faculty at the time of Mercy School of Nursing’s closure in 1984 and current president of its alumni association, addresses alumni at the recent homecoming dinner. Gloria says many of the members traveled from other parts of the United States to be present.
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Members of the Mercy School of Nursing Class of 1960 gathered for a group photo during the alumni association’s recent homecoming dinner. Janet Chenevey Duffy (front row, fourth from right) was honored as the 2015 Mercy School of Nursing Outstanding Alumnus. She traveled from her home in Massachusetts to receive her award. Four other members of the 1960 class have also received the award since its inception.
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