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Well hello, kitty!


When Mercy volunteer Cindy got to Hall-Perrine Cancer Center for a morning meeting yesterday, she didn’t realize she had a hitchhiker under her car hood. Apparently, one of her farm kittens had crawled into the engine compartment and made the trip all the way from Palo!


Cindy and her husband called Mercy's Facilities department for help in retrieving the little tag-a-long. Brian and Lane arrived quickly and knew just what to do; they were able to rescue the kitten within a matter of minutes. Cindy says Mercy’s maintenance team handled the situation just "purr"-fectly!


Great job, Brian and Lane!
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Last week, members of Team IMPACT (Integrating Partnerships Across Community and Toyota) at the Toyota/Lexus Financial Services office presented Mercy Foundation's Diane with checks totaling more than $2,800 for the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. The Hospice House is the beneficiary of their "Summer Super Casual Coupon" fundraiser.


Thank you to everyone at Toyota Financial who participated and donated. Countless Hospice patients and families will benefit from your generosity and support!
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Please join us in welcoming Kristin Gisselman, DO, to MercyCare Vernon Village!


Dr. Gisselman comes to us from Mercy Des Moines. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, biking, and reading. She said she chose family medicine because she loves getting to know the entire family.


Learn more about Dr. Gisselman at: http://ow.ly/gjEr303hup5
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Mercy Facilities Specialist John keeps the hospital’s three large generators maintained and running smoothly in case there’s ever a need for emergency back-up power.


Because of Mercy’s maintenance practices and John’s diligence in overseeing and testing the equipment regularly, he and Mercy, will be featured in the next issue of RunReady® magazine. The magazine recognizes noteworthy businesses that utilize Cat® equipment.


Congratulations to John for 18 years of service to Mercy, and for a job well done!
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Congratulations to Jean, affectionately known as "Cooper," nurse manager of the Orthopaedic Center, who recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with Mercy!

Her staff recognized the milestone by throwing a party for their "star employee" with Starbursts, treats and other gifts and goodies to make her day special.

Congratulations, Cooper, and thank you for your dedication and commitment to Mercy and our patients!
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It's gonna be another hot one out there!

We spotted Eugene, part of our Lundy Pavilion valet team, ready with ice-cold water for patients and visitors. Eugene said Mercy's Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) team brought it down. Thank you to FNS for providing this small but very important (and refreshing!) service on hot days like today!

Stay cool out there, Eugene!
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The Cornyn Family Charitable Fund, a legacy donation established by family members of Dr. Nora Royer, surgeon, and medical director of Mercy Medical Center’s trauma department, has donated $10,829.60 to the Cedar Rapids Police Department. 

The funds were used to purchase bleeding control equipment and supplies to help protect Cedar Rapids police officers and provide them with the necessary out-of-hospital emergency care equipment to assist patients of sudden illness or traumatic injury. In addition, Mercy donated 48 cases of protective gloves and two cases of rolled gauze to support similar emergency efforts. Learn more at: http://www.cedar-rapids.org/news_detail_T6_R169.php

Thank you, Dr. Royer, for helping equip our first responders with the tools they need to handle medical emergencies in the field!
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Father Donald Komboh has a 20-year history in the ministry. He served across Africa, including in his native country of Nigeria, and also spent time teaching in Liberia.


Fr. Donald came to the U.S. in 2013 on scholarship and expects to attain a Ph.D. in theology from Miami’s St. Thomas University next year.


Some may recognize Fr. Donald from his service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marion, or Immaculate Conception or St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids. He began as Mercy’s Chaplain in July and has been enjoying our environment of compassionate care.


Welcome, Fr. Donald. We’re glad you’re here!
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Check out this pen that Alma (right) from Food & Nutrition Services decorated for her manager Jamie (left)!
Alma has been with Mercy for six months and also creates acrylic paintings on canvas. She decorated the pen to show her appreciation for Jamie. Alma says their relationship is very different than her previous working relationships with supervisors in her native country, the Philippines. She said Jamie is easy to talk to and like a friend, something she has never experienced before from a boss.
We're so glad to have you at Mercy, Alma!
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One of our pharmacy technicians shared a story about Zach, a Mercy pharmacist, that melts our hearts.


The employee had an acquaintance who was homeless and would occasionally stay with the technician. It was winter, and our technician reached out to Zach, as he was similar in height and build to the homeless man. Zach was asked if he had an old pair of shoes or a few old clothes that he might be willing to donate.


Within a couple of days, Zach came back to work with a bag filled with clothes for our technician's acquaintance -- no questions asked.


"Most of us never even knew this had happened," said Pharmacy Manager Jennifer. "That's just the way Zach is: thoughtful, kind and caring."


Thank you, Zach, for being a shining example of The Mercy Touch to someone in our community who you've never even met!
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Arnie and his daughter, Victoria, recently treated the Hospice House staff, patients and visitors to a little music!


Victoria said the two were at the Hospice House for respite care when Arnie's nurse asked if he wanted to play the piano.


"I haven't seen him at the piano in so long but, even at his age and after all this time has passed, he's still got some of it," Victoria said. She said her dad is naturally very musical and also played the viola. He plays by ear and first taught her how to play the piano.


"He's very talented," she said. "He didn't read notes well, but if he could hear it, he could play." Father and daughter used to play duets all the time. It's great to see them at the piano together!
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Each month, Mercy Rehabilitation Services staff (which includes inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, athletic trainers and Athletic Republic) get together for a fun community service project. In July, their theme was Red, White & Blue, so they brought in food that was red, white and/or blue, including 11 packages of water, and delivered it to the Catholic Worker House.
 
Department staff members who chose to participate personally purchased all of the food to donate.
 
What a great way to bring a team together and benefit the community. Thank you, Rehab Services, for blessing the Catholic Worker House with these gifts!
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Julie davis
5 months ago
I had total knee done at Mercy and everyone was fantastic. My only complaint would be that there never seemed to be cold ice packs to put on my knee. It was crazy. Once nurse said to me that since there was so many that use the ice packs none of them really stayed in the freezer long. So does this mean that all the ice packs are being used by others thus, sharing ice packs? Geeeesh that kinda creeps me out. I don't want someone else's icepack on me. I never got a straight answer but when I have my other knee I may buy my own machine and use that.
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Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Hi Julie -- We're so glad you had a good experience! I will pass along your concern about the ice packs and see if we can make sure that is taken care of before you return. Best wishes for a healthy recovery!
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Tim Cejka
4 weeks ago
In March I had my right hip replacement and a blond hair nurse got a bad attitude with me i will say this much you all need to remember who pay your wa next time you need to be more polite
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Mike Murray
4 months ago
I was a patient in the E R and the room was dirty. Dust bunnies all over floor. looked like room wasn't cleaned in days.
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Holly Bailey
a year ago
When I became suddenly ill I couldn't have asked for better care. The staff was kind, caring and considerate. Dealing with a new diagnoses is scary and the staff were so great to me and my family. They were very accommodating. Thanks Mercy!
Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your experience, Holly! We appreciate your feedback!
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Edward Szczuc
9 months ago
They were going to admit me for my Lymphedema to put me on antibiotics and I asked them if I could leave my room to get some fresh air. They said no. Hospital rules/policy says the patient must stay in the room at all times. I looked at them and said, does it look like I have prisoner written across my forehead? Man, I bet their psychiatric ward is doing a booming business with rules like that. Told them not staying. You can give me a prescription for antibiotics cause I'm going home.
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Josh Earel
8 months ago
My wife has a variety of health problems that present in strange ways. We have had to go to the Mercy ER several times for assorted problems. Every time we have gone she has presented with a significant number of symptoms that could help lead to the root of the problem, but each time the doctors there have just taken a small subset of symptoms and said that they were being caused by some extremely common problem that obviously isn't the actual problem, completely ignoring the rest of the symptoms.
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Jeff Roach
8 months ago
I would give this place 0 stars if I could. The nurses and services were ok but the doctor was not. Avoid Alan Whitters. He tried to put me in a rehab home and almost put me on some seriously debilitating medicines when they weren't needed.
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James Fauver
a year ago
During a recent crisis with a loved one, we couldn't have had a better experience. Social worker Courtney and ER RN were compassionate, caring and utterly professional. In the ICU, Nurses Claire, Rebecca, and another - who's name I can't recall - were attentive, vigilant and caring in every way. I would go there for anything from a sniffle to if I was dying. Can't say enough good things...
Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you for the kind words, James! We will make sure those teams see your nice comments. Thanks for taking time to write a review for us!