Mercy Medical Center employee Gary Trompower received the Community Champion Award from Quota International of Canton on March 21 at the Canton Woman's Club. Award recipients are chosen based on their contributions to the equality and independence of hearing-impaired individuals in their community.
Trompower began to lose his hearing at the age of 17. He overcame the silence and began to build on his inner strengths. Trompower found he could communicate by reading lips and body language.
When local hearing-impaired individuals expressed a desire for a support group, Trompower became of the founding members of the local chapter of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH). The group, currently called HLAA, has been meeting for 36 years. After completing a course to become an HLAA Hearing Loss Support Specialist, Trompower used his education to help people cope with their hearing loss.
Trompower has worked at Mercy Medical Center in the Plant Engineering Department for over 30 years. He has worked as an engineering technician, carpenter and CAD operator. He has been married for 25 years to Cindy, who also works at Mercy Medical Center, and they are the proud parents to one daughter and one son and have two grandchildren.
Quota International is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization of business executives and professionals dedicated to serve those in need, particularly the speech and hearing impaired and disadvantaged women and children.
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 Carroll County, 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.
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