These Mercy Hospital Watonga co-workers – our Faces of Mercy – share how vital a hospital is to a local community.
The hospital, built in the 1960s, hadn’t undergone any major facility upgrades until 2011 when Mercy entered into an agreement with the city to manage the hospital.
Today, Mercy is one of the largest employers in Watonga, and recently blessed a newly renovated emergency department to provide top-notch care.
Here's what some Mercy co-workers have to say:
“I think this hospital is extremely important," said the emergency department nurse. "I live here in Watonga and I believe lives would have been lost without this hospital in this community. It’s nice to know you are making a difference.”
Siblings Lennit Cook, an environmental services technician, and Mary Forney, a cook, were born and raised in Watonga and have worked a combined 37 years at Mercy Hospital Watonga.
“We grew up around here so we know everybody. This place is like a second family," said Cook.
“I’ve been in this hospital myself. I’ve come close to death but the people here pulled me through," said Forney.
“This hospital means everything to me," said Gregory, plant operations, fire and safety officer. "This is where I got my start – literally – I was born in this hospital, raised in Watonga and here I am today helping out my community. This place is home.”
“I love that this is a small town hospital," said Haigler, who works in Mercy lab support. "You get to know a lot of people that come through these doors and you get really close with them. The town depends on this hospital and our ER.”
“I love working in a place that is so open-hearted," said Hulse, an emergency department nurse. "We help everyone who walks in the door. Everyone here goes above and beyond to make sure our patients are happy and well taken care of.”