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Rebecca, center, pictured with her staff, retired last Friday after 16 years with Mercy!

Rebecca first worked at Mercy for two years beginning in 1976. During her career, she served as the Manager of the Women's Center, Senior Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, and Manager of the Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer from 2003 to 2011, before finishing up her career as Senior Director of Continuum of Care.

Rebecca and her husband, Eric, plan to move to Seattle where they will live on Mercer Island. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family and new granddaughter, Quinn. She loves gardening, and is especially excited about walking in the Pacific Northwest rainy weather without an umbrella wearing her new Hunter rain boots!

Congratulations on your retirement, Rebecca, and thank you for your many years of service to Mercy and the community. We wish you all the best as in your next adventure!
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Vanitha (center left) and Jamie (center right) received Mercy Touch kudos for going above and beyond to ease a small child’s mind while mom was in labor.

Thanks, Jamie and Vanitha, for all you do to care for growing families!
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Mercy Pediatric Clinic staff are in the "spirit" this Halloween!

Check out the creative disguises they made for their pumpkins in their department's pumpkin-decorating contest.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
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The Pulmonary Medicine Center (Zone 51) recently used Hershey's Kisses to pay it forward!

The unit's Self-Care for Health Care champions, including Jessica, RN, pictured here, wanted to encourage others to spread kindness. Each day for about a month, the team sent out a couple of baggies filled with chocolates. They thought it would be fun to see where the packets went, so they encouraged people to write their department on the back of the instructions and return them to the unit when they were empty. Administrators, leaders, staff and volunteers all participated, and Jessica and her team collected and displayed all of the sheets that came back.

"I got really excited when we started seeing them come back in," she said. "You know you made a difference in someone's day, even if it's just a piece of chocolate."

Thanks to Jessica and the Zone 51 crew for spreading fun, joy, kindness and appreciation throughout the hospital!
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Executive Assistants Barb (left) and Sandi (right) have a nickname for Information Services Client Systems Analyst Xavier: David Hasselhoff!

That's because, they say, “He has saved us from drowning in the sea of technology many times.” Not only does Xavier bring them outstanding customer support, they also say he always makes time to “slow down and say ‘hi’’’ even when he’s swiftly responding to urgent needs.

Barb and Sandi thanked him for being “exactly what The Mercy Touch should be” by nominating him for Mercy Touch recognition, and adding their own special touch to the honor with a Baywatch rescue floatie and a lifeguard fanny pack filled with his favorite chocolates, which, Xavier said, “was truly one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.”

You bring a smile to so many faces, Xavier, we’re glad share one with you. Congratulations!
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Cedar Rapids is #13 on the list of the 100 cities "getting healthcare right" according to Healthgrades:

"The City of Five Seasons prides itself on enjoying the good things in life, and residents can count their city's health among them. Cedar Rapids offers high-quality hospitals and strong access to care, including screenings such as colonoscopy. The city would benefit from higher availability of specialists, but locals score above average for healthy habits like regular exercise and maintaining a normal body weight."

Learn more at: http://ow.ly/2m5C30mnWjF

Way to go, CR!
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Mercy Pharmacy Director, Jamie, (at podium) has received Mercy’s Quality and Patient Safety Award in recognition of her great work in supporting the organization’s outstanding reputation for safe, quality care.

Jamie’s responsiveness and assurance of safe medication delivery during national drug shortages was commended and her leadership was celebrated on Sept. 12 when Chief Nursing Officer, Mary, (right) presented her with the award.

Congrats, Jamie!
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A hospitalized patient is at risk for developing a blood clot during any stay due to factors like decreased mobility. In fact, hospitalizations are the #1 cause of blood clots. This complication costs approximately $50,000 per patient.

Increased prevention measures reduce blood clots at Mercy, as shown in the comparison below.

Learn about this and many other quality initiatives at Mercy in our Quality Report: http://ow.ly/GomY30mmcCA
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Mercy Neonatologist Dr. Roger Allen is retiring on Oct. 31 after 34 years in neonatology. Thank you, Dr. Allen, for caring for our tiniest patients for the last 13 years at Mercy!

Please join us in wishing Dr. Allen all the best in retirement!
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Please join us in welcoming Jonathan Arnold, MD, to Mercy's Healing Center! Dr. Arnold brings more than
10 years of experience in working with patients in need of extensive intervention to heal and treat wounds, including hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

In his free time, Dr. Arnold enjoys spending time with family, travel, sports, and classic automobiles. Learn more about him at: http://ow.ly/MjsZ30mdavF

Welcome to Mercy, Dr. Arnold!
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