Sister Mary Concetta Cardinale visited the Mercy Cancer Care Unit of Hope today and paused for photographs with the recognition star honoring her service to Mercy by the Mercy Foundation Board.
Sr. Concetta's visit to Fort Scott was unscheduled but due to the death of her sister who lived in Wichita, she made the journey from her new home in St. Louis to the funeral service. She was accompanied by Sr. Buchman.
February 22 marked Sr. Mary Concetta’s 89th Birthday.
Sr. Mary Concetta received her Diploma in Nursing from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Scott in 1945.
“Exposure to the concept of caring and concern for others, especially older adults came early for me,” Sr. Mary Concetta commented. “As a preschooler, my mother regularly sent me to various neighborhood homes with a hot meal. She always told us that as long as she was fixing a meal for the family she might as well add a little more and share with the neighbors who were not well enough to fix a meal for themselves.”
Her ministry began locally when she returned to Fort Scott in March of 1948 and worked as a Nursing Supervisor and worked in Obstetrics and the Operating Room at the Burke Street hospital.
Sr. Mary Concetta professed perpetual vows on August 16, 1951 in St. Louis.
Between the years 1952-59, Sr. Mary Concetta practiced in Independence and Hutchinson, KS.
Sr. Mary Concetta returned to Fort Scott in 1959 to serve as an Operating Room Supervisor and Clinical Instructor, eventually serving as Head Nurse from 1963-67. Between 1968 and 1987, Sr. Concetta resided and worked in other communities.
With open arms, the Fort Scott community delighted in Sr. Mary Concetta’s return in 1987. She served as Outreach Coordinator and Hospice Director until retirement in May 2010. She was the sole Sister at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott upon her retirement.