Eight brightly colored, six-foot steel beams are travelling around Edmond this week so Edmondites can leave their marks on the new Mercy Edmond I-35, set to open summer 2013.
The beams, each weighing around 100 pounds, are on display along with images of the future facility in various Edmond locations Feb. 6-15.
“We want to invite all residents of Edmond to play a part in our exciting progress,” said David Tew, chief operating officer of Mercy. “People are free to visit any of the locations through Feb. 15 to sign the beam with a permanent marker, making their name a permanent piece of our future.”
The eight steel beams displaying the signatures of Edmond residents will be permanently placed into the structure of the new facility, which is being built with a goal centered on community partnerships.
Planning of the facility has closely involved a group of 12 Edmond residents, known as the Mercy Edmond I-35 Advisory Group. For nearly two years, the group of civic and business leaders has met for two hours each month to discuss how the facility can best serve patients. From interior design to parking and technological communication tools, like electronic health records and registration kiosks, the advisory group has worked closely with Mercy leadership and construction planners to build a center that integrates health and wellness addressing Edmond’s specific needs.
The building will unite traditional health care providers like primary care, cardiology, orthopedics and OB/GYN with a fitness center that will be available to the public and used for physical therapy and overall health improvement treatments. The focus is on proactive, preventive care that encourages lifelong wellness, rather than only recovery from illness or injury.
“It’s not a hospital,” said Tew. “Mercy Edmond I-35 represents the future of health care, and the colorful beams represent the foundation and the future of Mercy. Each of the travelling beams is painted one of the eight colors that make up our new logo.”
Mercy is introducing a new symbol and starting to use the same name across its four-state ministry, in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
“This is the first time all 3 million patients we serve across 31 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities will know us by the same name,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy, Oklahoma communities. “This symbol ties us to our partners in the region, while keeping us grounded in the mission that our founder established nearly 200 years ago.”
Mercy’s new symbol is a contemporary version of the original cross which Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, adopted for her ministry in 1827. The outer extensions of the cross represent a ministry that is diverse but aligned around a common purpose, forming a cross-within-a-cross. For Catherine, the inner cross was a reminder that we should dedicate ourselves to the work God has given us, take up our own cross and serve with a deep respect for others.
Beams are available for signing during normal business hours at the below locations:
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.