It's almost back-to-school time, and Mercy co-workers took time during their own shopping to make sure kids in need have all their supplies when the school bell rings. Nursing units even set up a friendly competition, promising each other the unit that collected the most would win a pizza party.
Nurses on Mercy Hospital Springfield's sixth floor gathered the most supplies, bringing in more than 100 backpacks. The emergency department was close behind, with an impressive pile that covered a patient stretcher.
As the donations piled up, co-workers began to pledge to collect even more next year to ensure we are truly caring for our community in a variety of ways.