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Please join us in welcoming Shane Gailushas, MD, to the new Mercy Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic!

In addition to being an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon, Dr. Gailushas is also a fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in skin lesion removal and repair of facial defects after Mohs surgery, scar revision and management, facial injuries and trauma, as well as nasal breathing and rhinoplasty.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, mountain biking, outdoor activities, cooking, and singing. Learn more about him at: http://ow.ly/8eLT304nLgA

Welcome to Mercy, Dr. Gailushas!

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Happy National Environmental Services Week to all of our EVS staff who keep our facilities clean and safe for everyone!

Our EVS crew cleans more than 800,000 square feet per month. Their services include waste removal, patient care cleaning, office cleaning, surgical room cleaning, conference room set-up, recycling and bed moving.

Linen Services handles more than 2.1 million pounds of linen each year. This small department is often unseen, starting at 4:30 a.m. to provide clean linens to our patients.

EVS leadership has been celebrating their staff all week with food, a bed-making contest, a toilet paper toss, and lots of prize drawings, including a new vacuum! EVS Director, Les, says, "If you see your EVS person this week, give them a hug!"

Find out how you can join their team at: http://ow.ly/Sfhn304hIom
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Next month, Mercy's NICU will celebrate its 20th anniversary and these talented nurses were there!

Nurse Practitioner Teresa Davidson (second from right) was instrumental in establishing our first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; now, along with Mercy Neonatologist Roger Allen, MD, and Stacey Happel, ARNP, Teresa manages the care of our tiniest patients.

Every day, our NICU families put their hearts in the comforting and capable hands of Deb, Julie, Diane, Teresa and Brenda, and other Mercy NICU nurses. They trust these experienced neonatal nurses to keep their newborns safe and healthy, and they often form strong bonds with their nurses. If you have a Mercy NICU graduate, we hope you will join us at our next NICU Reunion to reminisce and catch up! Watch for more details in the coming months.

Congratulations on 20 years of saving lives, ladies! 
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In honor of National Neonatal Nurses Day on Thursday, we're dedicating the whole week to our NICU nurses who care for our tiniest patients!

First up is Nurse Practitioner Stacey Happel. Stacey said she always knew she wanted to be a nurse and work with children. After a student internship in the NICU, she fell in love with it and never left. She says the most rewarding part of being in the NICU is knowing that you are helping a new life and then watching them grow.

Stacey says there are many things that are unique to the NICU. "Sometimes, your patient can fit in the palm of your hand," she said. And, "Although they are small, they are mighty and they can make it through some pretty tough times."

Thank you, Stacey, for all you do to nurse our tiniest patients back to health! Learn more about Stacey at: http://ow.ly/3qDA3047P6z
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Mercy Integrative Medicine Center's Dr. Suzanne Bartlett shares a breathing technique that can help lower blood pressure, calm a racing heart, and improve digestion -- all without taking drugs. She walks you through it in the video below.

Learn more about how Integrative Medicine can naturally optimize your health and well-being at: http://ow.ly/H8Rw303XiQF

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Construction is moving along on the new MercyCare Prairie Creek clinic, located on the southwest side near Kirkwood Community College, with plans to open this winter. The clinic will offer urgent care and family medicine, as well as several other services.

Could this be your next place of employment? We’re hiring 17 positions for the new clinic, both clinical and non-clinical. Check out our openings at: http://ow.ly/BMFW304t57f
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Last week, nine employees shared their talents in a sweet way by competing in Mercy's Cupcake Wars!

Contestants had to incorporate chipotle, avocado or mango into their creations. Entries were judged on taste, texture, presentation and creativity. One of each cupcake was used for judging; the rest were sold for free-will donations to benefit the Employee Emergency Fund.

Judges selected the Chocolate Pecan Chipotle cupcake, made by Nadine from Finance, as the grand prize winner. Catherine from Hematology was runner-up with her Mango Upside Down cupcake. We're sure it wasn't an easy decision for the judges -- all of the cupcakes look delicious!

Thank you to everyone who participated as bakers and buyers! Which cupcake would earn your vote? 
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Jennifer never expected to need the NICU. But, when her twins were born at 33 weeks, she realized they would need the special care of Mercy's NICU team.

Learn more about meeting your baby at Mercy at: https://www.mercycare.org/birthplace-nicu/
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Happy National Neonatal Nurses Day to our NICU team! Thank you for your quality, compassionate service to our newborns and their families!
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In 2009, Mercy Nurse Practitioner Teresa Davidson, a part-time missionary, started a NICU in Zambia.

On her first trip, what she found was dismal at best: Equipment -- already old -- was missing pieces, and the nurses and only doctor had hardly any medical supplies for the babies.

So, on her next trip, Teresa came prepared, bringing: pothole covers, IV supplies, IV fluid, blankets, bulb syringes, suction catheters, ET tubes, tape, bandages, meconium aspirators, chux, educational materials, NG tubes, a portable ultrasound machine, a breast pump, electrical converters, and a sharps box (because HIV is such a problem there).

"You can see we also had to tape our IV fluid to the wall," she said.

Teresa taught the African team basic neonatal resuscitation and care. Several babies' lives were saved during delivery from these basic interventions just in the week her team was there!

"I am happy to report that the NICU in Zambia is doing very well!" Teresa said. "The hospital has been blessed with a stable, American husband-wife, missionary-doctor team for the past six years. They have been able to maintain and expand the NICU I began in 2009, and many U.S. and European hospitals are providing sustainable supplies. The course of many lives have been altered for the better."

Thank you, Teresa, for caring for NICU babies close to home and on the other side of the world. Your work is inspiring!
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Mercy's Pediatric Inpatient Center is a little more colorful since this new art went up last month!

Non-profit organization, Noah's Rainbow, funded the project in memory of Noah, the son of former Mercy employee Kristi Yamilkowski.

The unit's nurse manager, Carri, chose the art because she loved the pictures, but, "When they were hung, we realized that there is a rainbow in EVERY picture," she said. "That gave me butterflies."

We hope these pictures will help calm and distract kiddos who have to be hospitalized. Thank you, Noah's Rainbow! Noah's spirit lives on through your gifts that benefit many other children.

Read more about Noah in this story on page 4: http://ow.ly/kLdR3041B1o
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"Although I received excellent care at this facility I will never return."
"You can give me a prescription for antibiotics cause I'm going home."
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Edward Szczuc
10 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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Tim Cejka
2 months 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
5 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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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!
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Julie davis
6 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 - 6 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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Josh Earel
9 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
9 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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Robyn Aaron
a year ago
We already attend a MercyCare location for our general practitioner. So, when we needed emergency care last weekend, it was an easy choice to head over to Mercy. We had an excellent experience with the ER staff on call that evening. The registrant was friendly when we walked in and greeted us immediately with her computer in tow. We had to wait about 5 minutes, but that was better than we had expected. The triage nurse was friendly and competent before showing us to our room. Our main nurse that evening, Elise, was incredibly friendly and comforting - very attentive. We needed some blood-work, and the gentleman taking blood was one of the best I've ever had take my blood - friendly, quick, competent. No one likes giving blood, and I especially don't! So, it was extra helpful to have him taking the blood, when I was already stressed about our situation in being there. The practitioner was also very nice, explained things well, and answered all of our questions with solid, helpful answers. All in all, the emergency room could have been a scarier situation, and it was a pleasant one. We're grateful for the care received! Thank you to the staff that evening.
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