Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center’s innovative environmental initiatives and outreach efforts are making an impact. The Catholic Health Association (CHA) and Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) selected Mercy Medical Center to present their program models at recent national and state conferences.
Green Team Presents at CHA General Assembly
Mercy Green Team leaders Nick Bagnolo, Richard Regula and Elaine Campbell presented a major innovation session at the national CHA general assembly held June 13–15 in Denver, Colorado. The team shared with colleagues, from across the country, Mercy’s environmental stewardship efforts and how the hospital earned the Energy Star designation–the national mark of excellence in performance–from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s joint program.
“CHA considers environmental concerns to be mission related and encourages hospitals to take action,” Campbell says. “At Mercy, we’re distinguishing ourselves as an energy efficient facility,” she says. In addition to energy management, Mercy Green Team initiatives also include hospital-wide recycling programs, a pharmaceutical disposal program, robust paperless programs, and building and buying “green.”
Mission Outreach Presents at OHA
Mercy Mission Outreach Department employees Karen Feller, manager, and Karen McElhaney, program assistant, presented at the annual OHA conference held Wednesday, June 16 in Columbus, Ohio. Feller and McElhaney shared the successes and challenges of Mercy Medical Center’s multi-faceted work at Skyline Terrace, a low-income housing complex in southeast Canton. “We shared our experiences of how to break down barriers with people living in poverty, build relationships, and design creative and flexible programs with the ultimate goal being the empowerment and optimal health of the residents,” Feller says.
Since 1994 Mercy Medical Center has been sharing resources and working together with other Catholic Consortium agencies to make an impact in the lives of many residents at Skyline Terrace. Programs offered include children’s summer peace camps; Ask-A-Nurse meetings to provide health education and prevention services; moms groups to encourage women to build healthy relationships with one another; baby showers for pregnant women and new mothers to provide health and child care education; Project Care, a residents training program for individuals to serve as building wellness coordinators; and Mercy PALS, a partnership with Allen Elementary School.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.