Mercy is celebrating National Health Care Week (May 6-12) by providing fun events and laughs for co-workers. Along with a charity raffle, games and spa treatments, eight finalists competed to become the first Mercy Idol.
Fashioned after “American Idol,” Mercy Idol auditions started in April with a total of 42 co-workers. Judges narrowed the field to eight finalists who competed today at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The finalists, who included Greg Crittenden, Deborah Edwards, Dr. Jason Hand, Meho Pervan, Derron Saunders, Stephanie Lacadin, Phyllis Locy and James Wolff, made it so difficult for judges that in a last minute decision all eight finalists received $500. Stephanie Lacadin, who works in nutrition and dietary services, was named the first Mercy Idol.
Former “American Idol” contestant Nikko Smith was on hand for a live performance and Angela Winbush, R&B artist and producer, emceed the event. The finals were simulcast for co-workers at off-site offices and Mercy Hospital Washington.
Along with the fun, Mercy co-workers also are giving back to the community during Health Care Week. The money raised from a 50/50 raffle will benefit Alternative to Living in a Violent Environment (ALIVE) and Mercy Family Center in New Orleans. Canned goods and personal care items collected will be donated to Mercy Neighborhood Ministry and McAuley Clinic.
“Mercy co-workers work hard caring for our patients throughout the year,” said Frank Lenoir, vice president for human resources for Mercy East Communities. “Health Care Week is our opportunity to thank them for what they do each and every day.”