Mercy's Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction Participates in National Effort to Help Homeless

November 07, 2017


Mercy Medical Center and The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy will take part in a national effort to help provide routine foot care to the less fortunate people of Baltimore City. Mercy has participated in the program since 2007.

“Our Hearts to Your Soles,” founded by Pittsburgh teen Matt Conti in 2005, has teamed up with Mercy board-certified surgeons Dr. Clifford Jeng, Dr. Rebecca Cerrato, and Dr. John T. Campbell, as well as medical fellows from the Institute, to provide free foot screenings and footwear to residents of the Helping Up Mission on East Baltimore Street on Tuesday, Nov. 21st, 2017, 1-3 p.m. In past years, nearly 100 residents at the helping up mission are typically evaluated and given a new pair of shoes at no cost.

“While we often take for granted activities like walking, running, getting place to place, that’s not the case for everyone, such as those who can’t afford proper footwear or medical care for their feet. This program makes a difference by providing shoes and foot screenings and by raising awareness, encouraging others to help those who are less fortunate,” Dr. Jeng said.

“For more than 10 years now, myself and my colleagues at Mercy’s Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction have visited the Helping Up Mission to provide foot screenings. It is always gratifying to take part, to make a difference for those who really need it,” Dr. Campbell said.

“I’m very pleased to be part of a program that’s helping people nationwide get access to care they might not receive otherwise,” Dr. Cerrato said. “we see all manner of foot ailments and are happy to provide the treatment these individuals need.”

Drs. Jeng, Cerrato and Campbell see patients in The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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