Often patients in the hospital feel disconnected from the world outside. So it’s heartwarming when an unexpected note of encouragement arrives. That’s the case at Mercy Hospitals in Columbus and Fort Scott, Kansas, as well as Joplin, Missouri.
In conjunction with National Hospital Week, elementary students in the Mercy communities crafted “Get Well” cards to be placed on patient meal trays.
“For our patients in the hospital, time passes slowly,” said Terri McDonald, RN. “Sometimes, just having anything to get your mind off of your surroundings can turn the day around.”
And for patients, like Clinton Patton, the cards are a “hit.”
“The card is fun,” Patton said. “It reminds me of my granddaughter and how I look forward to seeing her when I go home today.”
With access to the web, anyone can send an encouraging note to a Mercy patient. Simply click here to write a personal email message. The hospital location and patient room number are required. The note will be delivered to the patient the next business day.
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.