Mercy Home Care is celebrating its 35th anniversary of service to the Fort Scott area. The home care service was established by Mercy in November 1974 and today serves approximately 900 annually, providing in-home nursing care, therapy services and medication administration, among other services.
To commemorate the anniversary in the community, the organization engaged kindergarten, first- and second-grade students of Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware schools in education programs and a drawing contest. Home care nurses Brenda Bailey and Wanda Ogle met with the children to provide education on prevention of spreading germs and to teach the children about how nurses help people when they go into a patient’s home. The students were then asked to draw a picture of what they believe homecare nurses do, and all of the pictures were judged to determine which depicted the best representation of Mercy Home Care service.
“It’s amazing how creative all of the pictures were,” said Becky Davied, Mercy Home Care director. “I am very impressed with the time and thought that went into each picture, and narrowing it down to first, second and third place was difficult.”
First place in the contest was awarded to Angel Taylor, first grader from Eugene Ware. Second place went to Jenny Heckman, kindergartener of Winfield Scott; and the third-place winner was Ashtyn Dowell, second grader at Eugene Ware.
“Each student did an exceptional job of representing what we do through their art,” Davied said. “Our home care staff truly enjoyed looking at every entry, and they are now posted on the walls by the cafeteria at Mercy Health Center for visitors to enjoy.”
Gifts for the contest participants were provided by Mercy Nutritional Services, Woods Super Market and Walmart.
More information on Mercy Home Care services may be obtained by calling, 620-223-8091.