Canton, Ohio: In honor of National Volunteer Week, Mercy Medical Center’s Volunteer Services department would like to take this opportunity to thank its volunteers for the dedication and service they provide, not only for Mercy Medical Center, but for its patients as well. In 2009, Mercy volunteers gave the most time ever recorded at 91,011 volunteer hours. These volunteers serve in over 130 assignments across Mercy Medical Center and at various Mercy Health Centers around the community, including stroke patient peer visitation, pastoral care Stephen Ministry Nursing Home outreach, pediatric diabetic support, pet visitation and dental clinic. Among all of these selfless individuals, there is one volunteer that Mercy Medical Center would like to recognize.
Tim Jacoby has been an active volunteer at Mercy Medical Center for the past 34 years. Within his 34 year span, he has given more than 28,000 hours of service – the most service on record of any current volunteer at Mercy. A resident of Canton, Tim faithfully volunteers in the Floral and Plant Room at Mercy Medical Center. To him, taking meticulous care of the plants that Mercy sells within the Gift Shop is “therapy”. “Volunteering within Mercy Medical Center is important because I am not only helping the Gift Shop, but also the patients and their families,” comments Jacoby.
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.