A Mercy Salute to Siblings

April 8, 2016

Did you know nearly 80 percent of Americans have either a brother or sister? Among the 40,000 co-workers at Mercy, you don't have to look far to find a stong sibling bond on National Siblings Day (April 10).

In Washington, Missouri, sisters Helen Ballmann and Jane Fleer have dedicated decades to Mercy.

Sisters Jane Fleer and Helen Ballmann at Mercy Hospital Washington.

Sisters Jane Fleer and Helen Ballmann at Mercy Hospital Washington.

“I’m going on 42 years here,” said Helen, a radiology technologist. “The last 35 of them, my younger sister Jane has also been part of my work family!”

Helen and Jane weren’t the first of their siblings to launch careers in health care. Now retired, older sister Lorraine worked within the walls of the hospital known today as Mercy Hospital Washington.

“She started the ball rolling, eventually becoming a radiology tech,” said Helen. “Jane and I later followed in her footsteps in imaging.”

And believe it or not, a fourth sister works for Mercy Hospital St. Louis as – you guessed it – an x-ray technician.

“We love what we do and we work so well together,” said Helen. “We have four more sisters, but they don’t work in health care. We’re a great team, regardless!”


Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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