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Mercy Kids Expands Footprint in St. Charles County

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Officials mark groundbreaking of Mercy Kids Mid Rivers
with a ceremonial first dig.

ST. LOUIS – When kids get sick, only the sickest ever spend time in the hospital. The others can usually be cared for in a doctor’s office, urgent care or other outpatient center.

Mercy is expanding in St. Charles County with a new 25,000-square-foot, pediatric outpatient center in Cottleville set to open in 2014. Officials from Cottleville, St. Charles County and Mercy gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Nov. 25. The new center is the latest addition for Mercy Kids.

“Mercy Kids is more than a hospital or a building – it includes a broad range of pediatric services and locations to meet the needs of children at every age,” said Dr. Joseph Kahn, president of Mercy Kids. “From immunizations to the latest therapies for autism to caring for kids with cancer, our physicians and other specialized caregivers work together to keep kids healthy.”

Mercy Kids Mid Rivers in Cottleville will offer general pediatric and pediatric sub-specialty care, after-hours pediatric convenient care, therapy and developmental services including autism-related services, outpatient behavioral health programs, a pediatric rehabilitation gym, and educational and screening programs to maximize children’s healthy.

“We want to provide the best care for kids in all Mercy locations,” said Dr. John Mantovani, child neurologist and pediatric department chair for Mercy Kids St. Louis. “While we have Mercy Children’s Hospital in Creve Coeur to provide care for children with more complex needs, most kids fortunately never need those services. Their care can be provided at the new Mercy Kids Mid Rivers and other out-patient Mercy Kids locations throughout the region. This focus on convenient and effective care fills the void for the thousands who never need to see the inside of hospital.”

Already, Mercy Kids in St. Louis is home to more than 150 pediatricians and pediatric specialists whose areas of expertise include everything from hematology and oncology to neurology, urology, gastroenterology, behavioral health, psychiatry and more.

“One of our primary goals is to provide care close to home for children whenever the need arises,” explained Dr. Mantovani.

Mercy Kids is a network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day.  It is powered by more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists.  Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and educational services.

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AFib Patients Have New Option to Reduce Stroke Risk

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Lariat Team at Mercy

Lariat Team at Mercy Heart and Vascular.
From left: Dr. Anthony Sonn, Dr. Clark McKenzie, 
Dr. Mauricio Sanchez and Dr. Amit Doshi.

ST. LOUIS – Approximately 6 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition characterized by rapid and irregular heartbeat and a high risk of heart failure and stroke. One-quarter of all strokes in the elderly are attributed to AFib but there is now a new option for stroke prevention in the area.

On Feb. 13, cardiologists at Mercy Hospital St. Louis were the first in Missouri to perform a non-surgical procedure using sutures to tie off a left atrial appendage (LAA), which is the source of blood clots leading to stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). 

With the patient under general anesthesia, the physicians guided two catheters into the patient’s heart to seal the LAA with a pre-tied suture loop. Each procedure is completed by a team including an electrophysiologist and interventional cardiologist along with supporting clinicians. The team consists of electrophysiologists Mauricio Sanchez, MD and Amit Doshi, MD and interventional cardiologists Anthony Sonn, MD and Clark McKenzie, MD, all with Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular.

“The technique is a safe alternative for AFib patients at high risk for stroke who can’t be on blood thinners due to history of bleeds or a high fall risk,” Dr. Sanchez said.

“This procedure has the potential to save many lives,” Dr. Sonn said. “AFib patients who can’t be on blood thinners to prevent stroke risk now have an option. Before this procedure, they would be on an aspirin a day and take their chances.”

The majority of AFib patients take warfarin because left untreated, AFib can cause life-threatening blood clots leading to stroke. Approximately 25-30 percent of patients with AFib have contraindications to the drug – such as concerns of falling or imbalance in elderly patients – and, for those who can take it, only about 55-60 percent receive warfarin.

Those who do take warfarin must rigorously manage the drug’s level in their blood. High levels can cause excessive or internal bleeding, even after minor falls, bruises, or cuts. For some, this management regime can mean monthly tests over the course of many years. In eliminating the need to take warfarin, the LAA procedure can reduce the need for frequent medical visits. 

Mercy is also in the second phase of the PREVAIL clinical trial - one of the leading trial sites nationally - comparing the WATCHMAN® Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device to long-term warfarin therapy, another option for some patients with AFib. This phase of the trial allows all patients who meet the criteria to have the WATCHMAN® Device implant without being randomized to warfarin therapy alone.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis, part of Mercy’s east Missouri region, is a 979-bed comprehensive teaching hospital. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level heart and vascular hospital, a cancer center; a comprehensive children's hospital; a surgery center; and a 120-bed skilled nursing center.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In Mercy’s east Missouri region, services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Festus and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization.

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Mercy Breaks Ground Near Winghaven Community

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Representatives from Mercy, the City of O'Fallon and

the Missouri House of Representatives gathered to

break ground at the Winghaven site.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - Mercy is taking another step into St. Charles County with the groundbreaking of a new building near Winghaven, 2223 Technology Dr., in O’Fallon, Mo., on Monday, Dec. 10.

The 16,500-square-foot facility will be home to Mercy Clinic pediatric and adult primary care doctors as well as lab and x-ray services. It is scheduled to open summer 2013.

“We want to make health care more convenient, and closer, for our patients in St. Charles County,” said Donn Sorensen, Mercy East region president. “This gathering is symbolic of our commitment to creating a new model of service and medical care in the communities we serve.”

This year, Mercy opened an outpatient center at Zumbehl Road in St. Charles and a Mercy Clinic office in Wentzville.

Mercy’s goal is to enhance health care in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties and to bring services closer to patients and co-workers who live in the area. Approximately 2,200 Mercy co-workers live in the three counties, with some 50 Mercy Clinic physicians currently practicing in 10 locations. Mercy also has two urgent care facilities, an imaging center, rehabilitation services, an endoscopy center and a maternal and fetal health center in the region.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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Mercy's Commitment to St. Charles County

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Mercy Zumbehl Road facility

ST. LOUIS - Mercy made a commitment to residents of St. Charles County to provide more convenient access to its services. The largest symbol to date of that commitment, Mercy Zumbehl Road, opened Sept. 17, at 1820 Zumbehl Rd. The facility includes offices for family and internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac diagnostic services, OB/GYN, imaging and laboratory services.

This new location also marks a first within Mercy serving as a prototype for new facilities in the area and across Mercy’s four states. Elements such as a covered canopy area for drop off and pick up, an open gallery-style waiting area for check in and a central kiosk with access to MyMercy, wider corridors and larger exam rooms were incorporated to make the experience with Mercy as easy and comfortable as possible.

“We are listening to our patients, visitors and co-workers and using what we hear to plan,” said Don Kalicak, regional vice president of development at Mercy. “In the coming months, more Mercy locations are scheduled to open in response to requests for Mercy services closer to home.”

In addition to more locations for pediatricians, primary care and specialty physicians, Mercy’s expansion in St. Charles County will include extended hours in many Mercy Clinic practices. The planning of these Mercy facilities continues with the help of input from community members through community roundtables held in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties.

Mercy’s goal is to enhance health care in St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties and to bring services closer to patients and co-workers who live in the area. Approximately 2,200 Mercy co-workers live in the three counties, with some 50 Mercy Clinic physicians currently practicing in nine locations. Mercy also has two urgent care facilities, an imaging center, rehabilitation services, an endoscopy center and a maternal and fetal health center in the region.

Mercy Clinic practices located at 1820 Zumbehl Rd., include:

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Zumbehl, Ste. 130A

Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Zumbehl, Ste. 130B

Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine Zumbehl, Ste. 120A

Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular Zumbehl, Ste. 120

Mercy Clinic Women’s Health Zumbehl, Ste. 120

Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 1,700 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and, Oklahoma. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit mymercy.net

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the United States and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In the east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a 460-member multispecialty physician organization. 

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Mercy Clinic in St. Louis Adds New Doctors

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New Mercy Clinic doctors in July.
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ST. LOUIS - Mercy Clinic, the multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Mercy Hospital, recently added new doctors.

Urologists Luis Anglo, MD, and Keith Steinbecker, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Urology. The office recently moved to the David C. Pratt Cancer Center, 607 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 3100.

Alison Ball, DO, family medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Technology Drive, located at 2223 Technology Dr., Ste. 40 in O’Fallon, Missouri. Dr. Ball earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Thomas Bayer, MD, internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and cares for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Dr. Bayer earned his medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Joshua M. Behlmann, DO, family medicine physician, joined Mercy Urgent Care centers with locations throughout the St. Louis area. Dr. Behlmann earned his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Kathleen Garcia, MD, internal medicine physician, joined Mercy Clinic Palliative Care, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste. 6017B. Dr. Garcia earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Craig Karpman, MD, pulmonologist and critical care physician, joined Mercy Clinic Pulmonology, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste. 228A in St. Louis. Dr. Karpman earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine – Columbia in Columbia, Missouri. He completed an internal medicine residency along with pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

Jeffrey McCollum, MD, family medicine physician, joined Mercy Urgent Care centers with locations throughout the St. Louis area. Dr. McCollum earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed a family medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Lekshmi Misra, MD, internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and cares for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Dr. Misra earned her medical degree from the Amrita School of Medicine in Kochi, India, and completed an internal medicine residency at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Justin Newstadt, MD, pediatrician, joined Mercy Children’s Hospitalists and provides care for hospitalized patients at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Dr. Newstadt earned his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed a pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jason Y. Rhee, MD, trauma surgeon, joined Mercy Clinic Trauma and General Surgery, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd, Ste. 560A in St. Louis. Dr. Rhee earned his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He completed a general surgery residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts and a surgical critical care fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bhavani Tummala, MD, internist, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists and cares for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Dr. Tummala earned her medical degree from Katuri Medical College in Guntur, India, and completed an internal medicine residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Philadelphia.

Jennifer York, MD, pediatric critical care physician, joined Mercy Clinic Children’s Critical Care and cares for patients hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Dr. York earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and completed a pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mercy Raises its Profile with St. Charles Sports

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Donn Sorensen with Andrew Haines.

Donn Sorensen (right) with Jamie Rivers, head coach and
general manager of St. Charles Chill.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Minor league teams St. Louis Ambush Indoor Soccer, St. Louis Attack Indoor Football and St. Charles Chill Hockey have two things in common, they’ll all play at the Family Arena and they’ve all chosen Mercy as their Official Medical Provider.

The Ambush, presented by Simmons First National Bank, is a Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) expansion franchise scheduled for its first game Nov. 22. The Attack is part of the new X-League with the season beginning in the spring. Both are part of Missouri Sports Holdings.

“We’re confident that Mercy will provide excellent health care to our teams as they have to our community for decades,” said Andrew Haines, managing member of Missouri Sports Holdings.

The Chill, part of the Central Hockey League, drops the puck for the first game on Oct. 19. As a way to give back to the community Mercy and the Chill are providing free tickets to the inaugural game to St. Louis area youth hockey leagues.

“It's an honor and privilege to partner with Mercy, an organization that shares our goal of giving back to our community,” said Patrick Armstrong, executive vice president, St. Charles Chill. “Knowing the care of our players and employees is in the hands of the great Mercy team allows us to focus on the game.”

“Offering these teams the expertise of Mercy doctors not only provides them great medical care, but will keep their players in the game for the community to enjoy,” said Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy’s east region. 

 

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Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of Mercy Technology Drive

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Don Kalicak, vice president of regional development;
Monsignor Ted Wojcicki; Joseph Kahn, MD, president of
Mercy Children’s Hospital Services; Ella Rozin, MD;
John Hubert, MD, president of Mercy Clinic, East Region;
Donn Sorensen, East regional president; Bill Hennessey, mayor
of O’Fallon; Rose Mack, O’Fallon council member;
Sandra McKay, MD; and Rebecca Rodriguez, MD.

O'FALLON, Mo. - O’Fallon city officials along with chamber members and Mercy leaders gathered on Thursday, Sept. 5 for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the newest Mercy location, 2223 Technology Dr., in O’Fallon, Mo., near the Winghaven area.

Practices include family medicine with Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, pediatric with Drs. Sandra McKay and Ella Rozin, neurology with Dr. William Logan and gastroenterology with Dr. M. Babitha Reddy.

In addition, radiology (plain film X-rays) and laboratory services. To learn more or to make an appointment, please call 636-755-4363.

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Mercy Clinic Adds New Doctors in St. Louis

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Doctors joined Mercy Clinic in July and August 2013.

ST. LOUIS - Mercy Clinic, the multi-specialty physician group affiliated with Mercy Hospital, recently added new doctors and established new practices.

Marc Bernstein, MD, gastroenterologist with Mercy Clinic Digestive Disease, established a new practice Mercy Clinic Hepatology, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 598A. Dr. Bernstein will continue to see patients at both practices.

The OB Health Partners practice joined Mercy and is now Mercy Clinic OB/GYN Sunset Hills, located at 10777 Sunset Office Dr., Ste. 200. Doctors with the practice include J. Todd Glass, MD Christina Hugge, MD; Donald Lange, MD; Renee Stein, MD; and David Super, DO.

Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists, internal medicine doctors who see inpatients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, added Emily Wood, DO; Amit Gupta, MD; Iba Al Wohoush, MD; Timothy Bucci, MD; Sabrina Padgett, MD; Muhammad Umair Ali, MD; Suneetha Amara, MD; and Damien Ricklis, MD.

Dr. Octavio Chirino, OB/GYN and past OB/GYN department chairman for Mercy Hospital St. Louis, has started Mercy Clinic Women’s Integrative Health, located at 15945 Clayton Road, Ste. 230C in Ballwin. The practice will focus on combining traditional medicine and functional medicine to help women combat the health problems of aging.

Corey Wagner, MD, OB/GYN specializing in minimally invasive gynecology, joined Mercy Clinic Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He completed his OB/GYN residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and his fellowship at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, N.Y.

Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry added Gregory Robinson, PhD, and Ujjwal Ramtekkar, MD. Dr. Robinson has been with Mercy for 12 years caring for patients at Mercy Children’s Therapy and Development Center. Dr. Ramtekkar completed his residency with Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital and his clinical fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Shane Stephenson, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Clayton-Clarkson, located at 15945 Clayton Rd., Ste. 330 in Ballwin. He earned his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Rebecca Rodriguez, MD, joined Mercy and will open Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Technology Drive, located at 2223 Technology Dr., Ste. 4, in O’Fallon, Mo. She earned her medical degree at St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Mercy Clinic Children’s Critical Care, doctors who care for patients in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mercy Children’s Hospital, added and Phineas Oren, MD. Majcina earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., completed a pediatric residency at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Md., along with a pediatric critical care fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. Oren earned his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn., completed a pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill.

Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine Des Peres, located at 1000 Des Peres Rd., Ste. 310, added Christopher Hamm, MD, and Adam Ralko, MD. Hamm earned his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Ralko earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jonathan Schonert, MD, an emergency medicine doctor, joined Mercy Clinic Emergency Medicine and will care for patients at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago – Rockford in Rockford, Ill., and completed an emergency medicine residency at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va.

Anjani J. Urban, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Eureka, located at 407 Meramec Blvd. She earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Alison Gildehaus, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Trauma and General Surgery, located at 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 560A on the Mercy Hospital St. Louis campus. She earned her medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., and completed a general surgery residency at Saint Louis University Hospital. 

Anita Batra, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine Hazelwood, located at 755 Dunn Rd., Ste. 110 in Hazelwood. She earned her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, Nev., and completed an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.

Sara Kabsoun, MD, joined Mercy Clinic Post Acute Services, located 621 S. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 1015B on the Mercy Hospital St. Louis campus working with patients at Mercy Skilled Nursing. She earned her medical degree from University of Medical Sciences & Technology in Khartoum, Sudan, completed a family medicine residency with Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners in Grand Rapids, Mich. She also completed a Geriatric Fellowship with Banner Health in Sun City, Arizona.

Mercy Urgent Care Tesson Ferry added Heather Lucas-Foster, MD; Leslie McCrary-Etuk, MD; and Ainee Ahmed, MD. Lucas-Foster earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford in Rockford, Ill., and completed a family medicine residency at Family Medicine Southwest Washington in Vancouver, Wash. McCrary-Etuk earned her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mex., and completed a residency at the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Ahmed earned her medical degree from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Penn., and completed a family medicine residency at York Hospital in York, Penn.

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St. Louis Archbishop Blesses New Plaza

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Photos from the blessing and dedication of the new
St. John's Plaza and Fountain at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, several Religious Sisters of Mercy, along with Mercy leaders and co-workers gathered on the new St. John’s Plaza for a blessing and dedication of the new plaza and fountain at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

The fountain was made possible with a generous gift by Steve Notestine, honoring his late wife Pat and in appreciation of Mercy Fertility Care Services. The Notestines first sought services at Mercy, and eventually Pat worked for the department from 1998 until her passing in 2012.

Initiated by Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage in 1977, Mercy Fertility Care Services was the first hospital‐based Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System department in the world. An outgrowth of St. Louis University’s Natural Family Planning and Education Center, Mercy Fertility Care Services is supported by Mercy Hospital St. Louis and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Mercy Fertility Care Services offers Creighton Model fertility services to help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally, without chemicals or devices, and also assists with family planning, fertility education and infertility support. More than 4,450 patients have been served for family planning or women’s health issues at Mercy Fertility Care Services.

In addition, through a partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, more than 700 engaged individuals were introduced to fertility care services last year and hundreds of parents and children attended programs about the emotional and physical changes of adolescence at Mercy and local parishes. All outreach and education keeps with the Catholic faith and ethical and religious directives.

Continually growing and changing, Mercy Fertility Care Services plans to expand its local services by promoting fertility care services in Mercy clinics and utilizing video technology with couples in the four states served by Mercy.

 

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Carnival Brightens Spirits on Gloomy Day

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Kids enjoyed the variety of fun activities at
the Benefit for the Kids Carnival.

ST. LOUIS – While the weather was gloomy outside, inside it was a carnival atmosphere at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Volunteers brightened spirits with a fun carnival featuring traditional games, prizes, popcorn machine, face painting and more during Benefit for the Kids Week.

Benefit for the Kids Week honors the patients, families and caregivers who benefit from the 10th Annual Mercy Health Foundation Benefit for the Kids golf tournament and dinner auction. A full week of fundraising activities - trivia night, golf tournament, dinner auction and fun activities for the patients and co-workers - benefit programs and services at Mercy Children’s Hospital including the Mercy Children’s Therapy and Development Center, Emerson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric oncology and Hoffman Pediatric Emergency Department

To date, the Benefit has garnered more than $3.5 million to support children in our community.

With a legacy of faith-based care more than 150 years strong, Mercy Children’s includes pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo. Kids are cared for by more than 700 primary care providers, including pediatricians and family doctors, and more than 125 pediatric specialists.  Mercy Children’s supports healthy childhoods through educational outreach programs across four states.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.  In Mercy’s east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Festus and Mercy Clinic, a 570-member multispecialty physician organization.  

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