Mercy Publications and Community Outreach
Spirit is designed to keep friends of Mercy, our generous donors and the community we serve aware of how Mercy Medical Center is touching the lives of our patients, how gifts and contributions are making a difference in furthering our mission and how our doctors, nurses and staff are making an impact beyond the walls of Mercy.
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Mercy Medical Center of Baltimore, Maryland, is committed to sharing God’s healing love for all people. Our doctors, nurses and staff work together with local charities and organizations to serve those in need by providing excellent clinical care and residential services within a community of compassionate care.
Serving the Vulnerable and Underserved
Community Health Needs Assessment through the value of Justice – Working with the Baltimore City Health Department, Mercy Medical Center has developed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Plan to improve the health of the neighborhoods surrounding Mercy’s downtown campus. Mercy’s Implementation Plan is focusing on services to our homeless neighbors, victims of violence and abuse, reducing low birth weights and bringing additional health care education resources to the community.
Federally Qualified Health Centers through the value of Dignity — Family Health Centers of Baltimore, Total Health Care, Chase-Brexton Health Services and Health Care for the Homeless are Federally Qualified Health Centers which provide high-quality, cost-efficient and accessible health care regardless of insurance status. Mercy has a longstanding history and partnership with these important community health resources.
Mercy’s Supportive Housing Program through the value of Justice — Mercy’s Supportive Housing Program (MSHP) coordinates services to homeless families, families in shelters and families at risk of homelessness. The goal of MSHP is to house homeless families, prevent homelessness for families at risk of eviction and to provide support services such as counseling and advocacy.
Mercy Family Violence Response Program through the value of Dignity — The Mercy Family Violence Response Program (MercyFVRP) provides confidential services to patients and employees who are victims of violence, abuse and neglect, including domestic violence, sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse. The MercyFVRP offers counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, danger assessment, counseling/legal resource linkage, advocacy, documentation and free short-term individual follow-up counseling regarding domestic violence. The program educates Mercy employees and consults with physicians and staff to assist victims of abuse.
Mercy’s Substance Abuse and Medical Detoxification through the value of Justice — Mercy offers one of two inpatient detoxification units in Baltimore City and provides physician subsidies for the professional component of these inpatient services. Of note, a number of diseases and medical conditions are over-represented in patients with substance abuse (e.g. Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology). Consultative and follow up care with appropriate specialists also are supported.
The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program through the value of Justice — The Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) Program (formerly the SAFE Program) provides care to victims of sexual, domestic, child, elder and institutional violence. The centerpiece of Mercy’s program is a skilled team of Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) who document the details of the assault, collect crucial time-sensitive evidence and perform medical exams, tests and treatments. In order to raise awareness and reduce violence, the program's leadership and certified nursing staff provide community education about domestic violence and sexual assault to law enforcement, the legal community, community organizations, local high schools and colleges. The FNE Program is the designated site for forensic patients in Baltimore City and the only comprehensive program of its kind in Maryland.
Health Care for the Homeless through the value of Justice — Mercy Medical Center is a founding partner of Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) which works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families. HCH offers quality, integrated health care and promotes access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement. Mercy Medical Center physicians, nurses, social workers, supportive housing personnel and pastoral care staff support the health care needs of clients served by HCH. In partnership with Baltimore City shelters, the HCH Convalescent Care Program provides 24-hour shelter, recuperative care, case management and nursing assistance for individuals with medical conditions not appropriate for hospitalization.
B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) through the value of Excellence — Mercy is a partner of B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB), a public health initiative to reduce Baltimore City’s high rate of infant deaths and promote healthy families. BHB focuses on advancing the health of Baltimore mothers and babies so that infants are born at a healthy weight, full term and ready to thrive in healthy families. This collaborative initiative aims to improve the quality of care provided to pregnant and postpartum women. Robert O. Atlas, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy, and a recognized expert in at-risk pregnancy, serves on the B’more for Healthy Babies Steering Committee – Strategies to Improve Birth Outcomes (SIBO).
Serving those Affected by Cancer
The Red Devils through the value of Stewardship — The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy is a partner of The Red Devils, a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore that funds support services to families in Maryland living with breast cancer. Services include transportation to and from treatment and assistance with drug co-payments, meals and groceries. The Red Devils also has provided support for acupuncture treatments for breast cancer patients with limited financial resources.
Hadassah Check It Out Program through the value of Excellence — The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy is a partner of The Check it Out Program, a community program for women providing education and training on breast self-examination (BSE) and health information on the prevention of breast disease.
Helping Hands through the value of Stewardship — Within The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, Helping Hands is a volunteer-run program that provides free wigs and other head coverings for Mercy’s chemotherapy patients. The Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation and other benefactors provide financial support for the program. The program offers enhancement services, including custom wig fitting assistance. A beauty session, “Look Good, Feel Better,” is presented monthly by a professional cosmetician who gives tips on makeup application.
Baltimore Women’s Classic through the value of Hospitality — The Baltimore Women's Classic is dedicated to promoting fitness and healthy living among all women while increasing awareness of women's health issues. The race promotes a healthy spirit in our community where runners, volunteers and race organizers help women of all ages and abilities take strong steps toward a healthier lifestyle. The organization provides funding for care packages for gynecologic patients at local hospitals, including those of The Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy.
Heat It To Beat It through the value of Stewardship — Heat It To Beat It is an annual fundraising event held along the Inner Harbor Promenade in downtown Baltimore to support peritoneal carcinomatosis, a rare cancer of the tissue surrounding the organs. The 2.8 mile walk is led by Dr. Armando Sardi, Director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy. The walk helps to bring much needed awareness to the disease and provides funding for continued education and research.
Additional Support and Outreach
In addition to the programs mentioned above, the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Medical Center are continuously striving to live the values of the Sisters at Mercy by providing compassionate care and support on a daily basis. The hospital hosts a number of events and programs throughout the year, including but not limited to the following:
NICU Reunion – Annual gathering hosted by the The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mercy for families of previous NICU babies and their caretakers at Mercy.
Run to Remember – Sponsored by The Institute for Foot & Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy to benefit the Baltimore City Police Foundation and the Baltimore City Fire Foundation in assisting those families that have lost a loved one and/or provider in the line of duty.
National Cancer Survivor Day – Mercy participates in this nationally recognized day celebrated annually the first Sunday in June.