Each year on May 1, Mercy celebrates its community’s children and the providers who care for them with the “Mercy Day of the Child” observance.
Mercy Hospital Independence will mark the day with special sticker and vehicle cling giveaways for pediatric patients receiving services in its various locations, including Mercy Clinic Primary Care, Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Cherryvale, ER, outpatient lab, Mercy Pharmacy and Mercy Convenient Care.
Across the ministry, Mercy has more than 700 primary care providers, including pediatricians and family doctors, treating kids. Additionally, Mercy has more than 125 pediatric specialists who deal with challenging childhood conditions like autism, sleep disorders, premature birth and cancer. The ministry’s children’s services are anchored by two dedicated pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri. Recently, Mercy launched a new informational web site for parents, mercykids.org, and the organization also offers Facebook pages of interest to parents and parents-to-be: facebook.com/mercykidspage and facebook.com/mercymomstobe.
“We consider it a real privilege and a joy to care for our community’s youngest citizens,” said Dave Steinmann, president of Mercy Hospital Independence. “As a father of two young children myself, I find it very reassuring to know we have highly qualified providers in our ministry and right here at home to look out for our kids’ health.”
In Independence, Mercy’s pediatric services range from newborn delivery to primary care provided at Mercy Clinics in Independence and Cherryvale to outpatient physical therapy services. Vaccinations are provided at the MercyKids Immunization Clinic, pediatric patients are served in the Mercy Cancer Center and Mercy Convenient Care is available each weekday evening and on Saturdays to handle minor emergencies.
Additionally, Mercy partners with area school districts to provide a variety of children’s services, including the “HealthTeacher” online education curriculum, which is provided by Mercy at no cost to 40 area schools. The curriculum is available to teachers of all subjects for K-12 children, and participating districts include Independence, Parsons, Coffeyville, Caney, Cherryvale, Fredonia, Neodesha, Chetopa, Elk Valley, Chautauqua County, Oswego and Holy Name Catholic School in Coffeyville.
Specifically in Independence, Mercy also provides athletic training services to all middle school and high school sports teams and offers telemedicine services in the clinics of all four public school buildings.