The publication highlights the people, events and outreach programs that shape health care at the member hospitals and health systems. My favorite story so far is about a program based here in St. Louis, a collaboration between Mercy and the Archdiocese of St. Louis called Mercy Kids in Schools. The program is in place at three grade schools run by the Archdiocese and uses a licensed clinical social worker from Mercy named Kim Harrelson.
Kim spends 12 hours a week at each of the schools, offering resiliency programs to classrooms and working in small groups and one-on-one with students. Mercy also provides telemedicine equipment, so Kim can talk with students at one school if she’s at another. Kim and the students also use the audio/video equipment to n connect to staff at Mercy Kids for counseling and consultation.
Working on the story was a labor of love, largely because the program is a labor of love for Kim, the students and the staff at Mercy.
But enough of how much I enjoyed writing this. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
And here are some photos that didn’t appear in the original version.