Research and Innovation Help Mercy Transform Health Care

June 2, 2014

Mary Wilcox, RN, BSN, clinical research coordinator

presents “How to be a Good Research Site – From

the Coordinator’s Perspective” during

the 2014 Mercy Research Colloquium.

Miracles take place before our eyes daily at Mercy hospitals and clinics, and at the same time, advances in hope and healing are occurring behind the scenes.

Physicians, nurses and researchers gathered at Mercy St. Louis for the sixth annual Mercy Research Colloquium on May 30 to review results and analysis for more than 50 projects. Those are just the tip of a very big iceberg.

“More than 250 researchers are working on nearly 800 projects Mercy wide,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “Research and innovation are critical to keeping our promise of transforming health care.”

Co-chaired by Robert Taylor, MD, and Timothy Smith, MD, research topics ranged from Dr. Alison Ball’s presentation on early childhood development assessment, to a review of more than 700 files to determine the impact hospice length of stay has on the utilization of bereavement services. While a majority of the research is being completed by physicians, Britton said they are not the only group involved.

“Many gifted nurses are participating in research at Mercy,” he said. “Today, hundreds of people are able to enjoy their lives because of your work. Leadership, your co-workers and 3 million patients are deeply grateful.”

Sister Mary Roch Rocklage, RSM, told researchers that they were carrying on God’s creation of life through their work. She encouraged them to never stop asking questions or looking for answers.

“You have been gifted to think about ‘why’ differently,” Sr. Roch said.

Other topics presented included the effectiveness of a virtual sepsis unit, development of medical products, wound healing and fibrosis, and a research ethics update. Participants also toured the Mercy Safe Watch eICU.