Mother’s Day. It’s the one day of the year where all moms are (hopefully) celebrated for all their hard work.
We wanted to celebrate some mother-daughter duos who work at Mercy and help bring our mission to life. While these duos both work for Mercy, it’s often in different areas and even their co-workers don’t realize they have a Mercy relative.
One example is Martha Schwalm and her daughter Bridget Moss, RN. Schwalm, a mammography technologist, started with Mercy in 1973. In 1978, she decided to stay home with her children for a few years before returning in 1981.
Moss said Mercy has always been part of her life, she was even born at Mercy Hospital St. Louis and fondly recalls visiting her mom (and aunt who is now retired) after doctor appointments.
“A number of my mom’s co-workers that I knew as a little girl still work here and I see often,” Moss said.
But it wasn’t until high school that Moss decided she wanted to follow her mom into the health care field and become a nurse.
“I had to apply twice, but the second time I was able to get a job as a student nurse in the Mother-Baby unit,” Moss commented. After she graduated in 2000, she began caring for patients on the gynecology unit and is now a business solutions analyst providing support to nurses and doctors using electronic health records and other applications within patient care.
When Kathy Miller's daughter, Rebecca, was 10 she decided it was time to go back to work. Now, after 25 years at Mercy, currently in patient admitting at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center, not only has Miller been a long-time co-worker but her daughter has, too.
Miller's daughter, Dr. Rebecca Rodriguez, Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in O'Fallon, Missouri, started working for Mercy when she was just out of high school. She worked in various areas including Emergency Department admitting during college and on breaks. After medical school, she wanted to be back in St. Louis and came to Mercy for her family medicine residency.
"When it came to time to start practicing, there was really no question on where I wanted to be," Rodriquez said.
Rodriguez and her twin brother were born at Mercy. She commented, "My mom was wonder woman and had to deal with three babies in diapers by age 23."